Sep. 9. Israelites Begin Journey Toward Canaan

Ex. 15:1-16:36

As the waters of the Red Sea came crashing down upon Pharaoh’s army, Moses and the people rejoiced in safety. They sang a song praising God for His deliverance. Their praises progressed from the past deliverance from Egypt to the future entry into the Promised Land.

Only three days later, the people’s attitude changed. They could not find water and the complaining began. Soon, they did find water, but it was bitter—more complaining. “What shall we drink?” Moses, their mediator with instructions from God, threw a certain tree into the waters and they became sweet.

God had cared for His children for a month, apparently providing the bodily energy to travel with only the food they had brought from Egypt—but they began to complain about that. His patience was generous at that time and He told Moses of His plan to provide bread for them to eat.

Bread was rained from heaven each morning and quails were provided in the evening. The people were to gather only a day’s supply each day, but on the sixth day, they were to gather for two days—enough for the seventh day.

The journey to Canaan was to take only a few days. There were obstacles before them, but God in His providence helped the Israelites to overcome those hardships. As long as Israel remained faithful to God he allowed them to defeat their enemies. Ultimately, His people who follow His commands will obtain their reward.