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The saying goes, “You can take the slaves out of Egypt, but can you take Egypt out of the slaves? The Israelites were now completely free from Egypt and its tyrannical grip. They walked away from the Red Sea, soon they were having trouble finding water. The first thought on their minds was why did we leave Egypt. As has always been the case, God provided water—he turned bitter water sweet and then led the nation to an amazing oasis.
God then began the formal education of the new free people. First, God provided the shock and awe of the plagues and the Red Sea parting. Next, he led them through the desert to the spring and used a piece of wood to sweeten it. Finally, he spoke and said, Trust me, follow me and obey me and you will never experience the plagues and illnesses of Egypt. It was important for the people to hear it, and, it was important for them to hear it straight form God’s mouth. It was a conversation, he would have several times with that generation of people.
It would be great if people would earn from God’s word after one session. Sadly, we, like the Israelites, take repeated reminders from God to remain humble, faithful and following. When we do so, we avoid so many of the outcomes the world has to endure. God never promises a life without struggle—but, he does promise we will not have to endure the entrapment worldly folk face. God wants us, as his chosen, to enjoy the freedom he won for us. We must trust him, follow him and obey him to enjoy the freedom he provides. While simple, this is by no means an easy task. Help me Lord to release the “Egypt” within me and humbly follow you.
God Bless You
Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.[f]) 24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”
25 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.
There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test. 26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”
27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.