Lesson

Moses Strikes Rock

Exodus 15: Singing by Living Waters

Moses and Israel Sing a Song of Redemption

A song of redemption, bitter waters made sweet at Marah, and an oasis of rest at Elim

A song of redemption, bitter waters made sweet at Marah, and an oasis of rest at Elim

In today’s lesson, we see:

  • Israel’s song of redemption;
  • Israel murmurs because they lack water.

Immediately upon their safe journey across the Red Sea, the children of Israel join in singing a song. “By faith they crossed the Red Sea as though they were on dry land. When the Egyptians attempted to do this, they were drowned” (Hebrews 11:29 HCSB). It was “by faith” that the Israelites crossed the sea.

Saved by Faith

Upon further study, one is led to ask, whose faith was it that saved the Israelites? It certainly was not the faith of the children of Israel because they did not have any until they crossed over the sea. The answer to that question is that the Israelites were identified with Moses. It was Moses’ faith that first saved them from the Egyptians.

It was Moses who smote the Red Sea. It was Moses who led them across. When they reached the other side of the sea, it was Moses who lifted the song of deliverance. Now they have seen the salvation of God. They are identified with Moses. They have been baptized unto Moses.

Put Your Faith in Jesus Christ, Our Great Deliverer

Friends, this is what happens when you trust the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. He is the One who takes us out of the Egyptian bondage and the Egyptian darkness of this world. He leads us across the Red Sea.

It is His deliverance, His salvation, His redemption. He alone can bring us to the place where we can lift a song of redemption to Him. Then we are joined to Him and baptized into Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:13 says, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is the one who joins us to Christ and causes us to become one with Him. It is a wonderful thing to be joined to Him!

Salvation Doesn’t Remove Times of Bitter Trials

But salvation doesn’t mean the rest of our lives are a bed of roses. The children of Israel faced great thirst in the Sinai wilderness, and they were continually murmuring and complaining against Moses and God. Though God’s patience and mercy were greatly tested by the Israelites’ lack of faith, He heard the intercessory prayers of Moses and in due time provided water and food in abundance. But God needed His people, the Israelites, to learn to depend on Him for all their needs.

Springs of Living Water Enroute to Eternity

When the Israelites came to the waters of Marah, they found them to be bitter. But God provided a tree that Moses put into the waters to make them sweet. This is a picture of the future sacrifice of Jesus Christ on a “tree”, a Roman cross, that will remove the bitterness of sin and death and replace it with the sweetness of eternal life. God then brings Israel to Elim where an oasis provides abundant water and rest for the weary travelers.

This is a vivid word picture of the “living waters” Jesus later spoke of to the woman by the well, “…the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14). These living waters of the soul sustain us as we journey through the wilderness of this life to the Promised Land of eternity with Him.

For a more detailed discussion about the waters at Marah, CLICK HERE to listen to the Sunday Sermon, “Changing Bitter Waters To Sweet.”

Keep Trusting Jesus, Help Others To Do So

Christian, God allows trials and testing in your life to keep you close to Him. When things don’t go your way, don’t walk away from God and His ways, murmuring and complaining against Him. Instead, come to Him in prayer, thanking Him in advance for His provisions. In due time, He will provide all that you require to be His good and faithful servant, ultimately bringing you to eternal glory and joy. And in so doing, He will equip you to help and comfort others as they too face the bitterness of their wilderness experiences on life’s journey.

Use your cross as a fulcrum and bridge out of the mire, don’t let it become a stumblingblock to cast you down.

“You may others from sadness to gladness beguile,
If you carry your cross with a smile.”

(Streams in the Desert devotion for Sept. 14th)

By faith they crossed the Red Sea as though they were on dry land. When the Egyptians attempted to do this, they were drowned. Hebrews 11:29 HCSB

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13 HCSB

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14

For more on this topic, CLICK HERE to listen to today’s lesson.

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