Another catch-up post my friends. A weekend wrapped into one.
Consider something for a second. Israel was a enslaved nation. Essentially they would have had nothing but their homes, clothes, the requirement for living and perhaps a few valuables. Not exactly a wealthy nation steeped in generations of trade or resource collection. Also consider that there were a lot of them. The exact numbers of the Exodus are unimportant really; what is important is that God provides for them.
First, the Egyptians shower them with riches and clothing. (Exodus 12:35-36)
Then God provides guidance for them, in the pillar of cloud during the day and the pillar of fire during the night (Exodus 13:21)
He protects them from the Egyptian army (Exodus 14:19-20) and opens up a way for them to escape through the Red Sea and destroy the Egyptians (Exodus 14:21-27)
Finally, God makes the water safe to drink at the end of chapter 15. If you have read the story of Israel’s sojourn in the desert before, you know that God’s provision for Israel during this time does not stop with what we’ve seen so far.
Moving a large number of people for any amount of time over any distance takes incredible resources; resources the Israelites would not have had even with what the Egyptians gave them. But God provides. His provision makes this journey possible, just like His power made their escape from Egypt possible.
You and I have no idea what it is to be part of an enslaved nation who has nothing. But we do know what it feels like to be out of options in a situation that requires divine provision. These accounts of Israel’s movement through the desert are a real testament to us about how God provides and how our responses to that provision can be less than flattering to Him. In chapter 15 the Israelites are singing God’s praises, but a few short chapters down the road, they will be grumbling against Him and Moses for their “unfortunate” situation. We a fickle bunch aren’t we, us humans.
God’s provision and how we respond to that provision. Two good things to ponder as you read on.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Exodus 16-18