Exodus 15

Exodus 15 is party time.  Moses has just brought his people out the other side of the parted waters of the Red Sea.  That is a pretty cool move.  And they sing “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea….Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea”.  Quite a fickle bunch Moses is leading.  It was just on the other side of the sea that they were complaining about being trapped and wanting to return to Egypt as slaves.  Now that Moses has led them following God’s instruction to safety, they are in party mode.

They were mocking the Egyptians.  “The enemy said:

–       I will pursue

–       I will overtake

–       I will divide the spoil

–       my desire shall have its fill of them

–       I will draw my sword

–       my hand shall destroy them

That was what Pharaoh and his army was saying and thinking.  But God had another plan in mind.  And not one hand was laid on His people.  Not one person lost their life to this mighty adversary.  They had every reason to be frightened, but God protected them completely.

In fact, so complete was the protection that “they sank like lead in the mighty waters”.  Can you imagine the scene.  Pharaoh sends his men into this break between the raging water.  They weren’t sure it was a good idea, and found out that it definitely wasn’t because they couldn’t get to the Israelites.  They realized that God was there and fighting for them.  So there is reason to celebrate.  And the Israelites said “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders”?

But it was short lived.  Moses leads them onward into the wilderness.  “They went three days in the wilderness and found no water….And the people grumbled against Moses”.  This is the guy who just saved their bacon and now they are once again complaining.  They really have no ability to remember the faithfulness of God.  So Moses “cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet”.  It was that simple.  All Moses had to do was ask and God had an answer.  But the people just can’t seem to remember that.  Are we the same?  Do we forget the goodness and faithfulness of our God?  I fear that we do!


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