God’s Faithful Word of Mercy and Forgiveness
Exodus 15:19-27: Today’s reading includes the song of Miriam, Moses’ sister – a song that celebrates God’s saving the Israelites by defeating the Egyptian king and his army. After passing through the waters of the Red Sea, Moses leads the people into the desert. The people complain because they have gone without water for three days. They arrive at Marah, and the LORD instructs Moses on how to make the bitter water fit to drink.
Today's Scripture: Exodus 15:21a
Miriam sang for them: “Sing to the LORD, because he has won a glorious victory.”
The Song of Miriam
19The Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. But when the Egyptian chariots with their horses and drivers went into the sea, the Lord brought the water back, and it covered them.
20The prophet Miriam, Aaron's sister, took her tambourine, and all the women followed her, playing tambourines and dancing.21Miriam sang for them:
“Sing to the Lord, because he has won a glorious victory;
he has thrown the horses and their riders into the sea.”
22Then Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea into the desert of Shur. For three days they walked through the desert, but found no water.23Then they came to a place called Marah, but the water there was so bitter that they could not drink it. That is why it was named Marah.24The people complained to Moses and asked, “What are we going to drink?”25 Moses prayed earnestly to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood, which he threw into the water; and the water became fit to drink.
There the Lord gave them laws to live by, and there he also tested them.26He said, “If you will obey me completely by doing what I consider right and by keeping my commands, I will not punish you with any of the diseases that I brought on the Egyptians. I am the Lord, the one who heals you.”
27Next they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees; there they camped by the water.
The Israelites danced and sang after God delivered them from the Egyptians. But three days later, while in the desert, they complained because the water was bitter. How did God provide for them? What promise did the people receive from God (verse 26)? In what ways does God provide for you?
I sing to you, Lord, because you are victorious. You are my God and my strong defender. I praise you for your mighty acts and will sing about your greatness. Amen.
Exodus 16:1-21: The LORD provides the Israelites with food in the desert.