Exodus 16- Manna from Heaven

And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. Exodus 16:2-3

Again we see the Israelites moaning and complaining to Moses, even though they were freed from the slavery of Egypt, they were never happy! Doesnt that sound familiar with people today. Jesus freed us from the slavery of sin and death, are you grateful?

The Israelites said they would rather be slaves to Egypt, because it was easier. God never promised us an easy life, God promised us salvation but the journey may be long and challenging, this is where your faith comes in!

Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. Exodus 16:4

Because God heard the complaints of the Israelites, he rained down “Bread (Manna) from Heaven” What a merciful God we serve, God would have been justified cutting off the Israelites or leaving them, but God will never leave or forsake us!

And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD. And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the LORD: for he hath heard your murmurings. Exodus 16:8-9

God not only rained down Bread from Heaven in the morning, but he also gave them meat (qual) in the evening. Why did God do this? Because he heard the cries of His people and He wanted to show them who He is!  Don’t think God doesnt hear your cries, He knows and He will provide!

And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. Exodus 16:10

The Glory of Yahweh was revealed in the cloud in the Wilderness, remember earlier Jesus was with the Israelites in the Wilderness when they parted the Red Sea, Jesus is still with His people in the Wilderness, and Jesus is still with You today

And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. Exodus 16:15

When the Israelites received the Bread from Heaven, they thought “What Is This”? Its the same when we receive Christ, our Bread from Heaven. We think “What is this Grace all about”? Its about God providing and delivering his children

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6:35

In John 6 , Jesus talks about the Bread from Heaven that God provided, and then Jesus declares “He is the Bread from Heaven” As Jesus said anyone who comes to Him will never hunger or thirst again! God provided the Bread from Heaven, Jesus Christ! Amen!

Exodus 15- Water of Marah

So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? Exodus 15:22-24

So now the first test for the Israelites as they are now free in the Wilderness. Even though God delivered the Israelites from slavery, they were never happy. They have this unrealistic expectation that life would be easy because they were delivered. We as Christians have the same issues, we believe that life should be easy because Jesus delivered us. 

After everything Moses did for the Israelites, they turned on Moses already. Complaining about him, blaming him for everything that goes wrong. This is the same thing we do with Christ. When things dont go our way, we blame Christ, when we dont get what we want, we blame Christ. 

And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,  Exodus 15:25

Notice what Moses solution was to the problem, he cried out to God. And guess what God gave Moses the solution. Instead of complaining and grumbling to God, why not give Him praise and ask him for direction? God will always provide!

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. Exodus 15:26

Heres an amazing blessing God put on the Israelites, if they will listen to God and follow his ways, he well keep them from diseases and heal them! Imagine that, if you just listen to God and be obedient He will take care of you! Just like the Israelites, we need to learn to be obedient to God and trust Him

And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.  Exodus 15:27

God is providing all the needs for the Israelites , even though they were weak and helpless in the Wilderness, He provided for them, He empowered them, He delivered them from all their afflictions.

The Water of Marah was bitter and undrinkable, but God made it sweet and sustaining for their lives, just as we need the Living Water of Jesus Christ Amen!

Exodus 15- Song of Moses

Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. Exodus 15:1

Today we are going to look at the song Moses and the Israelites sang as they worshipped and celebrated the victory God has given them. Take note the Israelites worshipped by singing a hymn to The Lord, when we sings hymns in Church is a form of praise and worship to God

The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. Exodus 15:2-3

What did we learn from the Exodus story? God is our strength, the Israelites couldn’t have done it by themselves, God is our salvation, there is no other way to become saved but by Him, and we should exalt him!

Notice another thing Moses calls God a “Man of War” or other translations “Warrior” this is much different theology than liberals like to push. Yes God is love but God is also Just, He is a Warrior who will fight for His people

Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble. Exodus 15:4-7

Moses give God glory for the parting of the Red Sea, do we thank God and remember when he delivered us from our sins and obstacles. Notice Moses gives Gods right hand the glory, we know from the New Testament that Jesus sits at the Right Hand of the Father! (Mark 16:19) Moses is giving glory to Christ! 

Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? Exodus 15:11

One of the main reasons for the Plagues of Egypt was God was revealing to Egypt their deities were false. Moses makes this known in his song, as Yahweh is the true God and all others are false. God proved this through the Exodus!

And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. Exodus 15:20-21

Not only were the Israelites singing and worshipping God, but it says they were dancing and playing the tambourine. Dont be afraid to Dance for God, dont be afraid to play your instruments for Him also! Everything we do should be for the Glory of God!

Another interesting note here is Moses sister Miriam was called a Prophet. Interpret that as you will but obviously the Israelites believed she had a special calling by God. Take note how the Israelites worshipped and served God, as they were Gods people and so are you through Jesus Christ!

Exodus 14- The Red Sea

And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. Exodus 14:15-16

Today we are going to take a look at one of the greatest events in the Bible, the parting of the Red Sea. I love how God responds to Moses here “Why are you crying to me, Go forward” ! Sometimes we need a little push , this is what God did for Moses and the Israelites, He encouraged them to instead of sitting there in fear, have faith and believe in God

But also notice God gave them the instructions of what to do! God didnt just blindly send them into the wilderness, He had a plan and a solution, they just needed to faith to follow Gods plan!

And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. Exodus 14:17-18

The entire Egyptian army was pursuing the Israelites and they were mad. God hardened their hearts and they were looking to destroy the Israelites but God was going to use this moment for his glory! A moment that will be remembered forever! 

And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. Exodus 14:19-20

Whenever we see the “Angel of God” or Angel of The Lord” this is Jesus Christ. The word Angel also means Messenger. Christ was with the Israelites as they traveled through the Wilderness. Christ is with You also!

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Exodus 14:21-22

By faith Moses listened to God , stretched out his hands and God parted the Red Sea. Logically this miracle makes no sense to us, but God is revealing his power and glory through this moment.

By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. Hebrews 11:29

And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,  Exodus 14:23-24

Notice who is actually fighting the Egyptians, its Yahweh not the Israelites. Just as Moses said earlier “ Stand still and the Lord will fight for you” That’s exactly what God is doing right now! 

And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Exodus 14:25-27

The Egyptians realized they were fighting against God, but it was too late! And when they tried to turn back, God is closing the Red Sea upon them. The Israelites defeated the Egyptians without doing anything except having faith in God!

And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses. Exodus 14:31

The ending was exactly as God prophesied, this was all for His glory! Once the Israelites saw how God parted the Red Sea and wiped out the Egyptian Army, they believed and feared God!

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 1 Corinthians 10:1-2

The Apostle Paul gives us more insight into this event, The Red Sea was not only a victory for the Israelites , but like a symbolic baptism! By faith the Israelites were saved just as we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ Amen!

See The Salvation of God

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. Exodus 14:1-3

Remember God is with the Israelites, every step and every moment. Even though they are going through the Wilderness, God didnt abandon or forsake them! In fact God is leading and guiding their path to safety. 

When the Israelites were instructed to turn around and go a different way, there was probably a lot of grumbling and confusion. The Israelites didn’t know what God knew, therefore they probably thought this was foolishness. But remember God knows the beginning and the end, His ways are higher than our ways, lean not on your own understanding

And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? Exodus 14:4-5

Theres a Proverb that says “As a dog returns to its vomit, a fool returns to it foolishness” (Proverbs 26:11) This reminds me of Pharaoh, after all the Plagues , after all the times Pharaoh repented, he keeps returning to his vomit. He keeps returning to his old ways and looking to persecute the Israelites. But God once again is going to use Pharaoh to reveal his power and glory!

And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them. And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. Exodus 14:6-8

Again Pharaoh never learns his lesson, and this lesson again is going to be catastrophic for the nation of Egypt. You would think Pharaoh and the Egyptians would come to their senses after they suffered the loss of their firstborn and the devastation  of their land and economy. But this is what sin does to people, it blinds you even as its destroying you

But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon. And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. Exodus 14:9-10

However looking at things in the natural, looking at things from the Israelites perspective at this moment, the Israelites look doomed. This large Egyptian army with horses and chariots and closing in on them. And the Egyptians are mad and looking for revenge. The Israelites know if the Egyptians get a hold of them, they will slaughter all of them

And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. Exodus 14:11-12

Even after Moses through God freed them from slavery, what was their response? They were bitter towards Moses saying “You brought us out into the Wilderness to die” They even want to serve the Egyptians again as slaves rather than be free

Again its like a Dog going back to its vomit. Slavery was easier for the Israelites because thats what they knew. God promised them salvation but He didnt promise them an easy life. This is the same for us CHristians, you were freed from the slavery of Sin and Death by Christ. Jesus never promised an easy life but he promised salvation. The Christian Walk or the Wilderness, is not going to be easy, dont turn back to your own vomit during the hard times

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:13-14

Moses responds with the promises of God! Dont be afraid and see the Salvation of God! This is the same promise we can hold to today. Hold your peace and God will fight for you! Meaning stop complaining and grumbling and have some real faith!

In the next event, were going to see the salvation and glory of God revealed! Amen!

Exodus 13- God Is With You

And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt. Exodus 13:17-18

Finally Pharaoh let the Israelites free, however because of Pharaohs disobedience it came with a price. However as God led the Israelites through the Wilderness to freedom, he didn’t take them on the easy path, He took them on a rough road never traveled

This is much like our Freedom in Christ, when we get saved we might believe life will be easy now. That’s not what God promised, He promised us salvation but He never promised us an easy life. God had a purpose for the Israelites tough journey, just as He has a purpose for ours!

And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you. And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness. Exodus 13:19-20

Notice Moses took the bones of Joseph with them as a reminder. Why? Remember Joseph didnt have an easy life either, he was hated by his brothers and sold into slavery. He was falsely accused of crimes and thrown into prison. However God blessed his faithfulness and obedience, and raised him up as leader over Egypt. Joseph was a foreshadow of Christ to come!

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people. Exodus 13:21-22

Notice that God was with the Israelites during their journey through the wilderness. God didnt just send the Israelites out and say “Good luck” No He was with them, in their midst, through the good and the bad!Imagine being an Israelite and seeing that Cloud of Fire knowing that it was the Great I AM, oh what comfort it would bring!

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4

The Apostle Paul gives us further insight via the Holy Spirit. Who was with the Israelites through the Wildnerness? It was Jesus Christ, God incarnate! Who is with you today going through the Wilderness? It is Jesus Christ! Just as the Israelites were freed from slavery and gone through the Wilderness to the Promised Land , Christ was with them! And just as you were freed from the slavery of your sin, going through the Wilderness to the New Heavens and Earth, Christ is with you also! Amen!