Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 17: Monday
Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said,
“The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.
The LORD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will extol Him.”
Monday’s reading of Exodus 13–16, takes the Hebrew people out of Egypt and into the wilderness. Chapter 13 gives God’s commands for the redemption of the firstborn and the observance of Passover, and describes God leading them on their journey by going before them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Chapter 14 describes the pursuit of the Egyptians, the parting of the Red Sea, the crossing made by the Hebrews and the destruction of the Egyptian army when they are drowned in the Sea.
Chapter 15 contains Moses’ song of praise and gratitude to God for their deliverance. Their thankfulness is short-lived, unfortunately, and at the end of this chapter, the Hebrew people begin their incessant grumbling when they come to the bitter waters of Marah.
In chapter 16, in answer to their grumbling and looking back to the meat and bread of Egypt, God provides manna and quail for them to eat. The Hebrew people gather manna daily, but they disobey God’s commands both about keeping the manna until morning and about the Sabbath rest. God had told Moses His reason for His command to gather daily:
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will 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 or not they will walk in My instruction.”
Their testing revealed their hearts, and these chapters begin a continuing pattern of their wanderings in the wilderness.
Chapter 16 concludes with Moses and Aaron following God’s command to save a jar of manna and keep it throughout their generations that Israel may see bread the Lord fed them.
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Song of the Sea (Exodus 15:1–18), from a Sefer Torah: Elihu Shanun, Public Domain.
Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter