#^Exodus 17 Commentary - James Burton Coffman Commentaries on the Bible
"Is Jehovah among us or not ...?" In this rebellions outburst, the subtle shift had taken place in the sinful hearts of men which actually pervert the truth "that we are the Lord's," making it to be, "the Lord is ours!" The rude and rebellious demands of Israel were most sinful and unbecoming a people so recently redeemed from slavery, but it should be remembered that long years of slavery had left their mark upon the minds and hearts of that people. In their dreams and imaginations of freedom, they had somehow overlooked the price and requirements of freedom. Free men should not expect that God will exempt them from every hardship. "They thought incorrectly that it was God's business to see to it that His people were rendered marvelously immune to the hazards of existence, time, accident, and environment." And yet, are not Christians today sometimes tempted to doubt the providence of God because of hardships encountered in the way of life?