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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 »

Exodus 15:1-21 The Other Side

Praise and Honor to God for He is AMAZING!!!

On the other side of the Red Sea Israel rejoices! They recognize what the Lord has done for them and they sing His praise.

In my life, songs are a BIG part of how I deal with difficult situations. They are also how I express my happiness. Music lifts me from the pits of despair and brings me into the presence of God. I LOVE MUSIC!

I had a time when I was so defeated that the music was silent in my heart. During this time I had no desire to even remain in this life. I longed for death. But God held me in His hands and slowly restored my soul. When music once again rose above the despair I felt, that despair finally lifted. The Holy Spirit breathed life back into me with music. Even today, when I’m having a bad day, a song is all it takes to turn me around. I PRAISE GOD FOR MUSIC!!! Read more »

Exodus 14:31 Fear & Faith

One miracle NO ONE else besides God could do. Talk about a faith builder!

God does one of His most famous miracles for the children of Israel today; HE parts the Red Sea. Israel walks through on dry ground and the Egyptians drown.

THIS miracle is what made the people believe in the Lord and in Moses. They followed where they were led but they hadn’t FULLY bought into God’s plan until now. Yes, they were grateful and full of praise for what God had already done but they were one step from returning to Egypt all the while. Our most telling indicator of their attitude comes out of their own mouths. “Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us along that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness” (verse 12). They had NOT bought into God’s plan. They were out there in the wilderness because the Egyptians THREW them out! I believe they followed Moses’ directions regarding the Passover more out of fear that out of faith. But they DID recognize God’s hand in it all and gave Him glory for what He had done. Read more »

Exodus 13:17-22 Divine Direction

God provided a “compass” that couldn’t be missed or changed by circumstances.

We get to see a little of God’s map for the children of Israel. He didn’t just leave them to make their own way out of Egypt. HE planned their route and showed them the way.

Ok, I’m going to admit right here that there is not ONE perfect agreed upon map that can show me the distance between the places sited by the Holy Spirit for God’s word or even their EXACT locations. When googling the distance between Succoth and Etham I noticed this problem right away. One group of maps show me a fairly northern route that takes the children of Israel to cross the Red Sea using the Gulf of Aqaba. Another group doesn’t have them crossing the Red Sea at all, so we can rule this group out entirely. There is a third group that has them using a very southern route and crossing the Red Sea at the Straits of Tiran. This third option has them traveling a MUCH greater distance between the identified points. Read more »