Genesis 13-15

I spent the weekend with my husband.  He saw first hand how much time I am putting into this mission of writing a blog each and everyday.  He finally said to me “Isn’t it frustrating that no one even comments”.  Of course it is, but I remind myself every day that I am not doing this for my glory,  but for God’s.  I know that you are doing this read not to see what I say, but to learn what God says. That is the purpose of this “famous” part of the Bible “the parting of the Red Sea”.

Here is a map of the path God led the people on:

Route of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land

He could have led the people North, by way of a well traveled trading route.  Instead,  he took them to a dead end.  Why? For God’s glory to be shown.  It was not Moses that led then out of Egypt (slavery) it was The Lord.  Are they following and trusting Moses at this point or God?  Let’s take a look.

Chapter 13: This wonderful chapter speaks of the additional elements of the annual celebration his people are to celebrate.  Why?  Their children (and he generations to come) will not have witnessed these events personally so God is putting annual celebrations as an opportunity to teach the events that occurred so that we cannot say “Moses led us, but God did”.  Verse 14:

14 “In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 

Go back to Genesis 50:25, we can draw together the promises made to Abraham fulfilled in Exodus 13:19.  Moses takes the bones of Joseph to fulfill an oath taken by the sons of Israel.

Chapter 14- God leads then to a spot near Migdol, opposite Baal Zephon. “Baal” is a root word for a pagan god.  This may have been a place sailors would worship a god of storm for safe travel.  I picture this like another show down between The Lord and a god of Egypt.  Storm verse storm.  God verse god.  The Lord creates an east wind with is breath to make a way for final deliverance to show that HE has brought them to redemption.

31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

The people feared and put their trust in the Lord, Moses was merely a servant to him.

Chapter 15: Song of Victory

Moses and his sister Miriam teach the song to the Israelites.  The first part addresses the events that have already occurred, worshiping God as the majestic warrior who defeated the final claims that Pharaoh is a god.  Then in verse 13 there is a transition to future events. On this journey they WILL encounter obstacles from the Philistines, Edom (remember this name?…look back at your genealogies to see who the Edomites are), Moab (who are the Moabites? gross), and the Canaanites (all the way back to the days of Noah we learned about them).

Now that the redeemed are following the Lord, they are put to a test of faith. (We could sit here all day and discuss the testing of our Faith!)  If anyone has a testimony to share I would love to hear it.

Today’s read ends with a piece of wood, Hebrew translation is a “tree”, turns the bitter water into sweet drinkable water that brings life.  Hmmm.  What tree or wood are you thinking of from the Gospel that turned your bitter sin into living water?  The Hebrews today teach the the root word as the “torah”, for me it is the Cross.

God instructs his people to follow his ways (after redemption, so stop throwing stones at the lost) and the reward will come.  We end today with “They came to Elim, where there were 12 springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.”  I don’t know why these numbers, but I am reminded of the 12 tribes and the 70 that ended Genesis.

By the way, if you did not underline in Chapter 12 the awesomeness of verse 40 and recall Genesis 15, I am not sure we can be friends. 😉