WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29
SCRIPTURE: EXODUS 15
BY: Ron Maxfield
In Chapter 15 of the Book of Exodus we have a song of praise written in celebration of the salvation of the Hebrew people from the army of Egypt. It is important to note how the people praise God for this great and mighty work when just hours earlier they were complaining to Moses of how they were about to die at the hands of the Egyptians. This passage ushers in a long line of grumblings the Hebrew people would hurl at Moses (really, toward God) during their wilderness journey.
It is important to note that in verse thirteen, the people are referred to as “a redeemed people” that are being led out into the wilderness. They did nothing to earn it. Their status as God’s people was established as being the chosen of Abraham (who by the way, did nothing to earn his status as God’s chosen either).
The song concludes by mentioning Miriam, Mose’s sister as a leader of worshipful praise, dance and song. Miriam is a symbol of praise and outward thanksgiving in the heart of one who knows and acknowledges the great mercy and power of a mighty God. The chapter mentions that the Lord God is more powerful than all gods (small “g”) in that of all things we make into a “god”, He is the only one to be worthy of worship and praise.
Next we find that after the miracle of the Red Sea the people travel into the desert for three days and become thirsty. They didn’t have the cisterns of Egypt anymore. If we look at the Red Sea as a symbol of our salvation, we can also see our early journey as a believer as we experience spiritual hunger. After we are first saved we find that what once satisfied us in the old life is no longer there and we find ourselves thirsty for something new.
The Hebrews find water on the path that God has laid out, but it is bitter. As is true in all Christian‘s experience , we find ourselves in a bitter experiences and question why God has led us into this path if we are sincerely following Him. In this life, suffering will always follow us. But it is in our suffering that Christ refines us as gold in fire, so that by the difficult events of life, we are made strong and reminded of who’s we are.
God makes the water sweet by having a tree cast into it. Our tree is the Cross of Christ. By Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, the wrongs of life are made right. As the Word tells us, “All things work together for the good to those who love God and are called according to His purposes” – Romans 8:28.
May we learn that God watches over us, even in the midst of our grumbling and that even though we still feel the bitterness of this world and sometimes long for what seems to be the old, comfortable ways, God is there to strengthen us through the hard times by the power of the Cross.