exodus 15:22-27 lesson


As such, He's revealed something that we must always remember, God is a source of healing, and there is no other. The Egyptian army followed, only to be destroyed when the waters returned over them. The world will leave your soul more empty, and more unsatisfied, and even more thirsty. Also, there was nothing magical about the tree. No, they're saying it like an accusation. Theres a reason you must not drink salty water. No, Jesus said, Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. He didnt speak bitter words because he didnt have bitterness in his heart. many times. It doesnt tell us which testing counts as the first, but Does it not heal when we forgive those who've trespassed against us, if we have a thankful and joyful spirit as God asked us to have? Then verse 27, I love verse 27, because He says, "Then they came to Aleem where there were 12 springs of water and 70 date palms and they camped there beside the waters." The Israelites crossed the sea. Exodus 15:22-27 New American Standard Bible (NASB) in His sight, and give earto His commandments, and keep all His Then I went up a little further and he went up really close, and then I could feel. Interesting also, as we were looking at it last week, He did not lead them directly into the area of the Philistines, which is a doorway into the Holy Land, even though it was a direct route, and in fact, there was a highway leading to it, maybe 120 miles. It's about faith. He who did not spare His own son but delivered him over for us all, how will He not also with him freely give us all things. Not just asking, What shall we drink? But grumbling. Verses they were three days out of Egypt and, instead of worshipping, they complained. Our text (and in Ex. could and would provide for all their needs would result in physical suffering Here, He gives one of the names of God. midst of their spiritual wilderness. That is until they drink the water, found it bitter, and they respond by grumbling. The same idea, "You're not going back. When water is sighted, the kids run to it, laughing, whooping, but just a taste leaves them gagging, spluttering, wiping their tongues on their sleeves. They will have none of them in their camp. Go get him sister.'' You know what he did say, '' Father, forgive them. They think Israel is trapped, but as we saw last week, one of the greatest miracles of the Old Testament, God parted the sea, they went across on dry land. This is a very important thing because there are great lessons for all of us, beginning with this one. It was a visible demonstration Pastor Lee Eclov tells this nice communion tie-in: Konstantin Makovskii, a prominent Russian painter of the 19th century, painted a wedding feast. theLordshowed See, God wasn't just taking them out of Egypt and then bringing them to another place, he's bringing them to a relationship, he's teaching them faith along the way, and the same is true with us. threwitinto the waters, and the waters became sweet. So the most ancient understanding of this healing etz is that it points to the Law and our ability to trust and obey. It apparently was a pleasant place to be, Salty water, it doesn't satisfy, looking for love in all the wrong places. Then a famine hits the land, and he can't even get a job. Josh 24:14; Num.11:4-5; Ex 16:3). called Marah that had water, but it was undrinkable. I suddenly found myself stepping away from the sink, shaking off the bubbles, jealous of the fellow! They're three days in the wilderness beyond the sea. The more you drink, the more dehydrated you get. Psalm 25:8-13, The Lord instructs sinners in the way, He leads the humble in justice and teaches them His way. Mosesled Israel from theRed Sea, and they went out intothe He became diseased with all the diseases we deserved (for not keeping vs. 26), and we got the sweetness of life that was His. They see water up ahead, everyone's hopes are lifted. They've gone out into the desert; the plagues have all come to an end. Turn the other cheek, be gracious, forgive.". They were following the laws that God had given to them. could have judged them severely, but instead He met their needs without them But in the end, he obeyed Godtasting it in the garden and draining it to the dregs on the cross. Because there's a part of us that longs for love. We're going to begin in verse 22, and just read a few verses and then look to see how God would apply it. I love Luke 15 because it tells us that he got to a point. She returned to Israel with Ruth, the Moabite wife of her son, Mahlon. Our flesh doesn't like that verse. The guests are holding out their cups toward the bride. Insights on preaching and sermon ideas, straight to your inbox. See, He answers troubles by giving a promise. On day one they were dancing and singing, The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation.. Pray for those who persecute you, forgive those who trespass against you. When the Israelites murmured and grumbled, Moses cried out to the Lord. three days of traveling in an area that had no water, they came to a place I know that because I've been to Africa and it doesn't work that way there. God did not bring them to Marah to punish them or make life difficult, He led them to Marah to show them what was in their heart. He gives them a statute, a principle. He actually gave them, even, instruction on how to do their bathroom business while they're in the desert. When the Great Bridegroom and his bride kiss, the Isaiah 25 (and John 3) promise of the finest of wines will come to pass. these four requirements were followed, the LORD promised that He would put none of the diseases on you which I have put He leads his people to Elim. the three days journey that Moses asked of Pharaoh during the plagues (3:18,

Her birth certificate says Opah, but people couldn't say it. Obedience is like Warhead Candy. I was down at the coast, I was coming back as by myself. I have not thought anyone could live this way! Day two, the kids start saying, "Are we there yet?" Someone sees water. Many people don't know that. Contours of bitterness and sweetness. The people grumble 26 And He said, If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer. In Hebrew, the word Marah means both bitter and rebellious. it sets the stage for the testing of the people. They learned that God is Jehovah Rapha; the LORD our healer. God demonstrated His power and destroyed the Egyptian army, but it also created a burn the ships moment. to throw a tree into the brackish waters of Marah. All Rights Reserved. On day three they are murmuring against God. He didn't speak out of bitterness because he didn't have bitterness. provision for their needs. their Deliverer but also their Provider. It shows us what's already there. They go from strength to strength. They're not going back; the scene has closed them in. That is, until they drank the water and found it was bitter. After We have a service in progress. Salty water actually makes you more thirsty. It's like the Samaritan woman that Jesus met at the well. Don't you find it interesting how God brings us into situations that reveals who we are. And there in Gethsemane, Jesus was presented with a bitter cup a cup smelling of horseradish and baking chocolate, a cup that foamed with the wrath of God against our Egypt rebel hearts. Their son Mahlon, his name means sickly, and Chilion's name means wasting away. Don't let bitterness or bitter things make you bitter. In other words, if somebody speaks meanly to you, you're going to speak mean right back. These are the best kind of tests, as much learning experience as evaluation, as much formative as summative.

Therefore, it was named Mara, which means bitter. (See Textual Point 1 below.) See, the heart is the key. Habits like ending each day by rehearsing the days joys. B. This is what Jesus said in Luke 6:45, he said, ''This is the good man out of the good treasures of his heart will bring forth what's good, and the evil man out of the evil treasure will bring forth what's evil, for the mouth speaks the life is lived than from that which fills the heart.'' It's like a picture of the cross of Jesus Christ, that which he did on the tree of Calvary is the remedy that we need to to cast into the midst of the bitter things in us. It's a victory or nothing.". to theLord, and theLordshowed hima tree; and he Its grace heals in the here-and-now (cf. they came toMarah, they could not drink the watersof Marah, for Illus Its like the Samaritan woman Jesus met at a well. Dave Ellis (unknowingly) obeys the seemingly hard, bitter commands of God, and finds these hard thingslike forgiveness, sacrifice, etc are really disguised sweetness. His principles, His wisdom, His word, it's right. There's a reason you don't drink salty water, it will make you sick. That's why Philippians in Chapter 2 verses 14 to 15 are such great verses. God says, ''That's not how the kingdom of God works. That also meant they could not go back for provisions. The Israelites had lived as slaves for hundreds of years and didnt know how to live as men who were free; and they most certainly did not yet understand how to live by faith. By the way Oprah, the modern Oprah, her name actually, she was named after Opah. Lord shorten this treaty threw end of the waters and the waters became sweet. The question is how will you respond? The three days recalls '', I moved up a little further, and then they moved up. For centuries, our spiritual ancestors have wondered about that etz. Two main thoughts emerged on what this tree could picture or point to in the healing ministry of God in our lives. What will we drink? seventy date palms, and they camped there beside the waters. 27Then they came voice of theLordyour But instead, they grumbled, complaining that being in the wilderness was a He showed him the provision of this tree that made the bitter water sweet, and He gave them this promise. The Israelites crossed the sea, and it's very interesting because when God parted the sea and brought Israel through and then closed it back over the Egyptians, He did several things. usually through a miracle that everyone witnesses. Comments, Observations, and Questions to Consider. One, He demonstrated His power to strengthen their faith. Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree, and he threw the tree into the waters and the waters became sweet. There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them. God made us as people to love. The other daughter-in-law married to Chilion does not meet her, and her name is Opah. Illus When the Jews followed the laws given to them by God they were kept from many diseases. She was married like six or seven times. Then to no one's surprise, they die, and her husband dies, and she says, "I'm going back." Instead, God led them around by the way of the wilderness to deceive. It actually makes them more dehydrated, that water doesn't satisfy, that thirsty water. Contours of curse and healing. contains the Israelites first encounter with life in the wilderness. God does the same for us. Moses asked for help. There was no going back to Egypt to get water. To learn the names of God in your mind is one thing. When Jesus was being nailed to the cross, did he respond out of bitterness? They could not eat roaches, not that you'd want to. In other words, it's not about the bread, it's about that which you take in from the word that transforms. God gives us wisdom. In Europe, in the days of the Black Plague, there were many people in Europe that thought the Jews were responsible because they didn't get the plague. It's not about the water, it's about that which you drink that satisfies the Soul. Rats were considered unclean. could have gone to the LORD with their needs, believing that He would provide. That's the heart of a person that's being transformed on the way. They come to this place called Marah and there, in fact, is water, but it's brackish.

He answers, "You have said rightly that you have no husband, for in fact you've had five husbands and the man you have now is not your husband.". 2 Peter 2:24 pulls this all together -For He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed., As we journey with the Lord, if He leads us to Marah waters, will we trust Him? I got to go back. toElim. toElim where thereweretwelve springs of water and Complaining. She says, "Sir, give me this living water." It's like the story of the prodigal son. They had laws about sanitation and what not to eat, about handling dead bodies, etc. 3233 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, All written content on this site, unless labelled otherwise, is the copyright property of the center for excellence in preaching / respective content author(s), The Center for Excellence in Preaching is a resource from Calvin Theological Seminary. That we might learn to embrace responsibility, and come to know Him by faith. If someone treats you harshly, you're going to treat harshly right back. Don't let bitter things make you bitter. 6550 SE Alexander Street You can worship God in Spirit and in truth. The overflowing of God in your life, actually, begins to impact and affect the valley of bitterness that you're walking through. Side note completely. The problem they faced was that they could not drink the watersof Marah, for they Then, here's another great lesson out of Exodus 15, that God can turn bitter waters sweet. This passage It's only fair. God reveals himself. the LORDs people who, having just been delivered through the miraculous Marah has been For example, the Jews were forbidden to eat rats. seventy date palms, and they camped there beside the waters. One of the illustrations of this comes out of my life. The contours of tree of Calvary, the cross. He told her of living water that springs up to eternal life. being confronted by the people, Moses cried the first account of a larger section of Exodus describing the three-month They will test God ten times grumbling seems to be the primary thing that tests God. I pulled in behind him and then my headlights are like shining right into his windshield through his car. Does that not keep us from any troubles? They were not prepared for war. for them a statute and regulation, and there Hetested them. When the Israelites passed through the Sea they were overjoyed at the powerful, miraculous hand of God, but something changed in three short days. He goes to the city, all the parties, the women, all the stuff that the world has to offer, and he spends it all. It says, "By a pillar of cloud by day, pillar of fire by night." It is used throughout the exodus account to an unknown amount of time, Mosesled Finally, he gets a job, but the worst job a Jew could ever have, feeding swine, pigs. Don't let bitter things make you bitter. In the book of Ruth, we see a powerful picture. We say Independence is sweet! They were questioning His ability to Elbow deep in suds, I listened to an NPR interview of a fellow named Dave Ellis. Like our wedding custom of tapping on glasses, Russian custom says the newlyweds must kiss in order to make bitter wine sweet again. But God showed His power, parted the Sea, and Israel crossed over on dry land. journey (19:1) from the Red Sea to Mount Sinai (15:22 18:27). In other words, she looks like she's been beat up and withered and troubled. Now, the Egyptian see this, and they think that the Israelites are wandering aimlessly through the desert. At one point Jesus says to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I give, living water, will never thirst."

I got-- I was burning over that? But what is this instrument that He uses, this etz -this tree or wood or stick? They would have encountered war and would have immediately returned to Egypt. Passing through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring. "Don't call me Naomi, call me Marah, for God has dealt bitterly with me." Nursing mothers are beginning to get desperate.

God was leading them by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. God didnt bring them to Marah to punish them, or to make life difficult for them; He led them to Marah to show them what was in their heart. But it shows us our inadequacy and reveals the quality (or lack thereof) of our faith. It is parable-like, more like the signs of the Johns gospel, pointing to a reality beyond itself. He In other words, take hold of this promise, take hold of this promise. The question is, why are they looking for love, why are they looking for love. I. Dont Let Bitter Things Make You Bitter, Illus In the book of Ruth, Naomi and her husband encountered hard times in Israel, so they moved to Moab with their two sons Mahlon and Chilion, whose names meant sickness and wasting away. This means that they did not have to go Obeying God is often like that disguised sweetness. Naomi/Mara story) and in the Hereafter. It's salty. This is going to become a great lesson for Israel. The wilderness becomes a school of discipleship, and we're on a journey, and it's a school of discipleship. There they were in the desert and they're thirsty. stronger than simple complaining. There's a principle for that. Obedience (read: trust) was at stake there too. Would you like to join our live stream? The Calvary tree was soaked in all the Marah of our sin.

Here is Naomi and her husband are living in Israel and times were hard, times were very, very hard. Now, the thing is, God wasn't finish with her story, and God isn't finished with your story either. Day one, "The Lord is my strength and my song, and he shall become my deliverer." They doubted His love because They were in the desert and were thirsty. For them, it's going to become a question of faith. He says listen, when you're living in a crooked and perverse generation, then you got to live differently. You will find that refreshing that comes, that strength that abides.". The wilderness is not a comfortable place to be. Then it started to occur to me I don't think he wants to let me in. The word Marah means bitterness and it used three times in this verse To learn the names of God by experiencing their power, and then writing them on the tablets of your heart is a whole other thing. through disease. Jewish scholars connect this verse with Proverbs 3:18, which says the wisdom in the Torah is a tree of life to those who embrace her. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters [c]of Marah, for they were [d]bitter; therefore it was named [e]Marah. (503) 642-2003 In chapter 15, God led Israel three days journey beyond the Sea into the wilderness. The most ancient understanding is the tree points us to Gods Torah. We need love, we need relationship. required something from His people.To He then begins to explain that He is the one sent by God as the Messiah, He is that living water, and He who receives that living water, it will spring up in Him like a well. Those things that God needs to change along the way. Three days is a long time to go without finding water, especially if you have little ones under four. Will you trust the Lord or not? Are we not? Two, He destroyed the Egyptian army, but three, it became like a burning the ships kind of a moment. Sitemap, Website Design & Development: Antenna Digital. How refreshing is that? Having There is little doubt that the Christians in Corinth It wasnt the tree, it was God who gave it the power to heal the water. Warhead candy is sour at first taste and you want to spit it out. have put on the Egyptians; for I,theLord, ''I could feel.'' I could see his wife, and I'm thinking, ''Yes, go you go, he needs it, he needs it. Be patient? on the Egyptians. Disguised bitterness. They're shouting and dancing, "The Lord is my strength and my song," day one. departed the Red Sea, the Israelites went When I was in Bible college, I learned the names of God on flash cards. The Law drives us to the cross. But notice what it says, ''He let you be hungry, He fed you with manna that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.'' Lora A. Copley is ordained by the CRCNA. He is Jehovah Rapha; the God who heals, He gives them a statue, He gives them a principle, and He gives them a promise, and the promise is found in His name, ' I am Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals.''. Deprived App The situation doesnt make us bitter, it shows us what is already there. Egyptians; The people of Israel Is this not true spiritually? His way is the way of blessing. into the wilderness. and keep all His statutes,I will put none of the diseases on you which I far to find even more potable water. As they were singing verses 1 18, Miriam and the women contributed to the LORDs praise by singing (v. 21). But this passage But Dave decided he didnt want to live life scrambling for just desserts so he forgave the man and now they have breakfast together once a month. Chapter 15 contains the Song of the Sea that was sung by Moses and the men of Israel after the LORD had just delivered the Israelites and decimated the Egyptian forces.

But if you keep sucking it, keep working at it, you find only sweet sugar at its core. They should be having the nature of their father. When you stand before the judgment seat of God, youll regret what you did to Me!! mystical cults. Not only so, our law is now to find sweet life by taking up our cross daily, as we die to self. were required to do four things: If said, If you will give earnest heed to the voice of theLordyour God, and do what is right It is worth noting the difference Sin often looks so sweet but ends up like baking chocolate. Now, His answer is very interesting, to me. See, if you drink of that bitter water, if you drink of that salty water, it's bitter for a reason, so that you long for that which is sweet. Elim was located about seven miles south of Marah, in what is 16, 17) call these tests but the word nasah conveys also the sense of tried, exercised. Their trust muscles are being challenged. God gave them a principle of wisdom." Galatians 3:13, Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for usfor it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree. To them at this time, the answer appeared to be no. They He was showing them sanitary, right ways to do your business in the desert. What a parallel. God wasnt just taking them out of Egypt; he was also bringing them into something.In other words, God doesnt just take us out of the world; he brings us into a life of faith. refer to open rebellion against the LORD. They grumbled against Moses. I swear I thought, Oh yeah, oh yeah, if this nudnik can la-de-da his way through life by following Gods ways, then you bet your boots, I can too! Got to learn a new way of living, new way of thinking. She says, "Don't call me Naomi, call me Marah," It means bitterness. of sources of water, the peoplegrumbled This a picture of the cross of Jesus Christ.That which he did on the tree of Calvary is the remedy we need to throw into the midst of the bitter things that happen to us. Dave Ellis is a secular gentleman who says hes discovered a life of sweetness, even wrote a book entitled Falling Awake: Finding the Life of Your Dreams. Then of course we know part of the story that's beautiful, is that Ruth, who was married to her son, Mahlon, says, "I'm going with you. A statute wisdom principles and a promise founded as thing. Instead, they came toMarah. If we have a thankful and joyful spirit does not that keep us from many troubles?

They then came to a to a place called Elim where there were twelve springs and seventy date palms. Now, He came to a place where he saw that it was better to go back to his father. When it occurs to someone, "I'm worse off than when I started. 25-26 contain the LORDs response to the grumbling of the Israelites. What an interesting comparison.

their well being unilaterally. He shows him the power of God to heal the water, but the tree. God is leading them. God wants you to appear as light. Moses said, ''You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God lead you in the wilderness these 40 years that He might humble you, testing you to know what it was in your heart whether you would keep His commandments or not. Galatians 3:13, ''Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law having become a curse for us for it is written cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.'' He answers by saying, "Go get your husband and come back." They know not what they do.'' All of us are going to experience bitter things. The people blamed and Home / Commentary / Exodus / Exodus Chapter 15 / Exodus 15:22-27. God did not bring them to Mara to make them bitter. After in a hostile world? God was like convicting me, showing me, ''That needs to get worked out.''. There is a powerful lesson about changing that which is bitter into that which is sweet. You know what I mean by this? It will make you sick. Each time she met a new man, it seemed like he could do nothing wrong, he was like a knight in shining armor. He shows Moses an etz, a tree. See, when we came out of the world to come to faith, we came out of all of the experiences of the world, and the world has its own set of principles. werebitter; therefore it was namedMarah. In our flesh, hey, if we feel like grumbling, we want to be able to grumble. the people to depend on the LORD for their needs. He- Yahweh Rophe- will accomplish healing. All day long, ''Are we there yet'' and they're just dragging their shoulders the Lord is my strength and my soul. They're hungry, they're thirsty, they're longing, and they start looking for love in all the wrong places. God gives us principles of His word, and He wants us to trust. In light of of the LORD being able to change the natural world to provide for the needs of God's ways' right. He said, "Oh, this is bad, it cannot get worse." God let them be thirsty, that He might teach them to trust. Then a few months later, he could do nothing right. Corinthians 10:10-11). bad idea. This is summarized beautifully for us in Deuteronomy 8:2-3. water, they needed to be healed physically. He also gave them a statute and a promise. 1 Peter 2:24, He bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousnessby whose stripes you were healed. Jesus explained that manna in a beautiful way when he said that bread that comes from heaven is the Son of God that was sent as the bread of life. Who is the man who fears the Lord? No, this was what God was doing. The problem was in how they responded. They knew that the LORD was their Deliverer. Romans 8:31-32, ''What then shall we say to these things if God is for us, who is against us? ", C. Dont grumble; watch for what God is doing, Then it occurs to him, "I got to go home. Don't grumble. Gods law is right. How much better to learn the names by experiencing the power of each of Gods names. at Moses, saying, What shall we drink?The word grumbled is between Moses and the people.

They doubted One of the foundational understandings of who God is, is found in his name. Go let them be thirsty that He might teach them to trust. App There are many things in this world that people think will satisfy but have the opposite effect; the world leaves the soul empty and unsatisfied and even more thirsty. Each believer should expect the LORD to lead them into a wilderness that we might learn to trust Him. The At Elim, Gods people experience that even in the desert, the Lord will take care of them and that abundantly. He answered their thirst, but He gave them a statute and a promise. focuses on God testing them by giving them something to do, a responsibility to Illus When I was in college, I learned the names of God on flash cards. She says, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet." Do all of things without grumbling, do all things without disputing'' so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent children of God. This showed the people that He was not only their Deliverer, He was their Provider as well.

God is teaching faith. theLord, Failure to believe that the LORD 24 So the people grumbled at Moses, saying, What shall we drink? 25 Then he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. moses tablets commandments lesson ten lds abbie sunday exodus sinai holding primary mormon keep jesus
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