January 27, 2013

Today’s Reading: Exodus 15:22 – 18:27

Today’s Highlights:  Events of  the journey from the Red Sea to Mount Sinai. The people complain about (1) bitter water, (2) no food, and (3) then no water. God gives them manna and quail to eat.  They defeat the Amalekites and Moses’ father-in-law gives him advice.

3 times in this reading the people complain against Moses. They complained in yesterday’s reading when they were hemmed in at the Red Sea and we will see this many more times in their future. On the one hand they were in difficult situations – bitter water, no food, no water – these are big problems; but on the other hand, what might they have thought about to calm their worries?  Worried or not, its their attitude that is the biggest problem. What did you notice about the “tone” of their complaints?


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3 Responses to January 27, 2013

  1. Sandy Steinman

    The Isrealites were being tested, The question was whether they were worshipers who occasionally murmered or murmerers who occasionally worshipped and I suspect at this point it was the latter. It was not that they did not have anything to murmer about in that they did need food and water but given their miraculous escape from Egypt they probably could have exhibited a little more faith that more miracles would be forthcoming. But what they did was exhibit selective remembrance. They did not see the future in the right way (They did not see the big picture) and they twisted the past to support their remeberance. I’m not sure that we should be too critical of them given that I don’t think they any real vision of spending eternity with God and my expereince has been that people who don’t have that hope focus on doing whatever it takes to stay alive because after all, the unknown is frightening.

  2. Jimmy

    The sarcasm and hateful speech is really sad – Exodus 16:3 “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! …You have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”

    Did they really wish they had died in Egypt? Did they really think this was Moses’ plan – “Ill get them out of Egypt so I can starve them in the wilderness”

  3. Andrew

    I wonder how long the Isrealites went without food or water before they started to complain. I did not see a time frame mentioned. When they faced trials they should have prayed and worshiped God. They should have trusted Him to see them through, but I did not see that recorded for us. It does seem that they turned straight to complaining about their situation when it became difficult.

    We should likewise avoid complaining. I know I have not always done this. I also know that I have so much to be thankful for that I really have no reason to complain. Not complaining is something I’ve been trying to practice more of. It’s just not fun to be around someone who always seems negative by expressing complaints about everything.

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