Exodus 15:22-27

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INTRODUCTION: You talk to much about missions, don’t you know there are needy people here to.
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God will lead you to bitter places

Exodus 15:22 ESV
22 Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water.
wilderness of Shur - likely nw sinaini
wilderness and found no water - three days is a long time for no water.
We almost always have something to drink. We turn a faucet on.
HAHA - kids at bedtime.
Exodus 15:23 ESV
23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah.
Marah - bitter. The place was named after the bitterness in it.
Noami internalized her bitter situation into becoming bitter. (from pleasent)
That is what Israelites were doing as well.
Ironic - they were waiting for water, they found it, but it was bitter.
They probably thought life would be easy from now.
Exodus 15:24 ESV
24 And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”
they were following the cloud. What did Moses have to do with anything?

Stop complaining and start praying

Exodus 15:25 ESV
25 And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them,
he cried to the Lord- right response for Moses.
Did you notice the difference? They grumbled to their leader. Moses actually cried out to God.
log - ??????????
sweet - Water isn’t normally sweet anyway.
tested them - what is the difference between a temptation and a test? A test is meant to draw you closer to God, a temptation is to pull you away from him.
Exodus 15:26 ESV
26 saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.”
if you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God. - If is important, so if not.
Some will say prosperty gospel, but this is not the case.
right in HIS eyes - not yours.

Our job is obedience, God’s job is provision.

Exodus 15:27 ESV
27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water.
Elim -
twelve spring of water - (FL natural springs???)
seventy palm trees - Palm trees drink lots of water! Ecspecially in the desert. Could take well over 50 gallons a week.
Johovah rapha - God is our healer, but interestingly they were hurt yet, but God is going to prememtly state I am the God who heals you.
Costa Rica - Bitter coffee illustration
Exodus 16:1 ESV
1 They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt.
wilderness of sin - from place of refreshment to place of sin.
Exodus 16:2–3 ESV
2 And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, 3 and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
what? Did they not remember the previous story.
meat pots and ate bread to the full - not true! They were being beat. Begging to be released.
HAHA kids hungry thrirsty
Exodus 16:4 ESV
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.
The curse wasn’t a test, the blessing was a test.
Exodus 16:5 ESV
5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.”
This was the first time in history that a day off was given.
The test was are you going to trust me. 6 days I will give you, and extra on the 6th. if you will trust me on the 7th days.
Exodus 16:6–7 ESV
6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?”
You shall see the glory of hte Lord -
If we complain, we are complaining against God. Becuase God put us in that position.
TV on wall next to door.
Cabinate by the window.
waves on long wall.
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