The human condition is ever present in the readings for today. What first comes to mind is the continual visual, physical, and real world signs these people have experienced and they continued to doubt, complain, and moan. There is much to learn as we can also forget the things that God has done for us and delivered us from. The same conditions and mistakes this people make are some of the same that we make. There is much to be learned from this peoples' behaivor.
And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to bring us forth out of Egypt?
Analysis: Miracle after miracle to free this people of slavery. The people are complaining about going into the past when they have been delivered by God. Do not look to go back to past situations after you were delivered. Especially if sinful/selfish/etc are involved. God has put you in a new situation for a reason. Let's be honest that past was not very glorious, but we are being foolish.
And the people murmured against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” 25 And he cried to the Lord; and the Lord showed him a tree, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.
“Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
Analysis: Again they want to go back to Egypt. What is going on with these people? Again complaints, doubts, and ungratefulness.. Poor Moses trying to provide for this demanding people and they are just not grateful. Lord Jesus help us to be grateful and trust that you will provide for us even in difficult times. Thank you for your vercy.
Ch14 Speaks of Pharaoh's pride to pursue and attempt to destroy the Israelites after miracle after miracle. This will be Pharaoh's demise and I must say he truly was a deaf, dumb, and blind fool.
The Israelites are filled with fear. It is amazing their lack of faith after the type of miracles they experienced and the devastation that was spared of their people. Wer the doubters luke-warm Jews? Why did they doubt so much? These type of questions can be raised, but this human condition is in each one of us and there is much to learn from their behaivor.
Heavenly Father, please allow me to see the signs and wonders in my life. Help me to always be mindful that you will provide no matter how difficult and impossible the circumstance must be. Help me to not to be a luke warm Christian, for it is written: "So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth." Help me to be set on fire by the Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus.