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Exodus 18:1-27 Sound Advice

Alice needed someone else to give her advice and should FOLLOW it too!

Jethro brings Moses’ family to him. They stayed with him while Moses was working for the Lord freeing Egypt. Now Jethro has some advice concerning every day duties of Moses

Moses sent Zipporah, Gershom and Eliezer home to her father in the beginning of the plagues. He did not want his family endangered or even stressed by the process Israel was enduring. Now that they are a free people it is time to reunite the family. Read more »

Exodus 17:8-16 First Battle

The Lord’s staff raised above the battle ground served as His banner to inspire His people.

Israel encounters their first battle as a new people. Amalek didn’t heed God’s victory over Egypt. Israel was entering their territory and they were going to teach them a lesson!

This is the first time, but not the last, Israel will encounter Amalek in battle. It is also the first of the MANY people they will have to stand against to complete God’s promise in their lives.

God’s miracle at the Red Sea was told about in all the areas around it but apparently some of the people weren’t impressed by it. Could it be they thought this was a fluke? Or did they think that this was a once in a lifetime intervention? Or maybe they though that Israel’s God had lost interest in them by now? Or is it possible they thought they had to deal with Israel NOW before they got too strong to do something about later? Or did they simply see the water God had just released for Israel and decide THEY needed it more than Israel did? I wonder if they asked, or even considered, sharing it. Read more »

Exodus 17:1-7 Hard Water

Moses obeyed and God provided enough water for ALL, including the animals.

The children of Israel are thirsty again. But instead of trusting in the Lord and asking His provision they “grumbled” at Moses again.

When Israel faced a water shortage before, I was gracious and empathized with their need for water. Water is STILL necessary for life and I understand their need for it. But they didn’t draw on ALL the experiences where God came through for them before. Or did they?

Each time they faced trouble they griped and complained until Moses interceded for them. Then God would move on their behalf. Maybe that is how they thought things would continue to work. They didn’t have to do any of the “trusting” or “faith work” themselves. All they had to do was pester the one with the connections to get their needs met. Bad parenting maybe? Or hard hearted and hard headed people? Read more »

Exodus 16:1-36 Manna Served

The Lord provided for the people’s need and wants in the wilderness.

Israel has been walking for over quite some time. They are tired, hungry for something else, and FULL of complaints. Again, the Lord answers their cries.

I’m trying to figure out how long they have actually been walking in the wilderness. The problem with this is the same one I ran into when trying to figure out the route taken. There is no ONE agreed upon route and therefore no agreed upon timeline. The maps provided by these different views put the reference points that the Holy Spirit gives ALL OVER THE MAP! One of the three main proposed routes doesn’t even have the people crossing the Red Sea. We can throw that one out right away! The other two propose a northern crossing near the headwaters or a southern crossing at the mouth into the ocean.

So back to the timeline question. In verse one we are given a time for Israel’s wandering but I’m uncertain how to interpret it. We are told that “on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt” the people began to grumble about food. So here is my question and three possible answers: Read more »

Exodus 15:22-27 Thirsty People

God took them EACH STEP of the way!

We leave the Red Sea behind and travel into the wilderness. Three days later, the water they had was exhausted and they cried out for more. And God answered their cries!

It has only been three days since the greatest miracle imaginable happened and the people are already grumbling. I recognize the absolute need for water for survival so I’m giving them a little bit of a pass on this first grumbling. But we, on the other side of history, know this is just the beginning. Let’s join them on their journey.

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The songs of praise the people sang were SO refreshing! Moses’ heart soars with pride at their response. Of course ANYONE would be awed by what the Lord had just accomplished. Israel was safe and their enemies were decimated. Read more »