So I was reading some Scripture today in Exodus 15 and was doing some thinking about what it is the scripture says.
In particular, I was looking at verse 22 – 27 where it reads:
22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
25 And he cried unto Yahuwah; and Yahuwah shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of Yahuwah thy Elohim, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am Yahuwah that healeth thee.
27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.
Whilst I was reading it I saw in verse 26 where it said ….
If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of Yahuwah thy Elohim, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am Yahuwah that healeth thee.
…. and was thinking about what I have noticed here at work. Everyone else who works around me has gone home ill, but I have not. And it was not just a light cold they have caught. It has brought them down for a week. I have been feeling good and have none of the issues which the staff have had. It got me thinking… Is illness a sign that we are not following Him and His commandments?
So I thought I would look into the words used in this scripture a little more. I went looking at the strongs concordance and have added the word meanings in brackets below:
22 So Moses (Mosheh) brought (naca – to pull out, remove, journey) Israel (Yisra’el – Elohim Prevails) from the Red (cuwph – reed, rushes, a water plant) sea (yam – sea), and they went out (yatsa – to go out, come out, exit) into the wilderness (midbar – wilderness ) of Shur (Shuwr – wall); and they went (yalak – to go, come) three (shalowsh – three) days (yowm – days) in the wilderness (midbar – wilderness), and found (matsa – find, to encounter) no water (mayim – water).
So here we see the children of Israel being removed from the sea of reeds and going into the wilderness where they find no water for three days.
23 And when they came (bow – to go in or enter) to Marah (Marah – bitter), they could not (yakol – to overcome, endure, to be able to accomplish) drink (shathah – drink) of the waters (mayim – water) of Marah (Maraha – bitter), for they were bitter (mar – bitterness or water or food): therefore the name (Shem – name) of it was called (qara – to call, proclaim) Marah (Marah – Bitter).
It is interesting here that the water which the people here wanted to drink was bitter and as a result, they could not drink these waters. I recall reading about the word bitter somewhere else and I found it in again in Proverbs 5:3-4 when it was speaking of wormwood:
3 For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey,
And her mouth is smoother than oil;
4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
Wormwood is an alcoholic beverage which makes the people drunk and confused. It is something I can see clearly today. It is what we see in Revelation 8 at the third trumpet.
10 Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.
So here we see something special occur. This group of people who could not stand the bitter waters are provided with something which helps them. Have you ever noticed this? The one thing which has saved us was the death of Yahshua upon the cross. Have a look at the next two verses.
24 And the people (Am – Nation or people) murmured (luwn – to lodge, dwell grumble, complain) against Moses (Mosheh), saying (amar- to say, to speak, to utter), What shall we drink (shathah – drink)?
25 And he cried (tsa’aq – to cry, call for help) unto Yahuwah (Yahuwah); and Yahuwah (Yahuwah) shewed (yarah – throw, cast, point out, show, instruct) him a tree (ets – tree, wood, gallows), which when he had cast (shalak – trow, cast) into the waters (mayim – waters), the waters (mayim – waters) were made sweet (mathaq – to be or become pleasing). There he made (suwm – put, place, set, appoint) for them a statute (choq – a prescribed limit, boundary, orindance, law) and an ordinance (judgement), and there he proved them (nacah – to test, tempt, try),
You see this is a picture of what has been done for us. Many just do not see. The waters are bitter – they make the people drunk. Some like these waters. Others do not. Those who do not like the waters complain to Yahuwah that they do not like them.
Then Yahuwah gives the people sweet waters. That is water which is not tainted with wormwood. He does this because He died for us upon a tree ( look above at the word tree and see the word gallows in its definition – a place of death) so that the waters may become sweet again. He then prescribed His law that we should follow, which is a test or a trial to see who will listen to Him, and who will walk the other way.
26 And said (amar – to say, speak, utter) , If thou wilt diligently (shama – listen and obey) hearken (shama – listen and obey) to the voice (qowl – voice, sound) of Yahuwah (Yahuwah) thy Elohim (Elohim), and wilt do (asah – to do, fashion, make, observe) that which is right (yashar – straight, upright, correct) in his sight (ayin – eye), and wilt give ear (azan – hear – listen) to his commandments (mitsvah – commandments), and keep (shammar – keep, guard, observe) all his statutes ( choq – boundaries), I will put (suwm – put, place, set, appoint) none of these diseases (machaleh – disease, sickness) upon thee (suwm -put, place, set, appoint), which I have brought upon the Egyptians (mitsrayim – Egypt): for I am Yahuwah (Yahuwah) that healeth thee (rapha – to heal, make healthy).
He tells us that if we listen to Him, observe what is right, do His commandments, then no disease shall fall upon us for He will keep us healthy.\
27 And they came (bow – to go in, enter, to go, to come in) to Elim (Elim – Palms), where were twelve (Shenayim asar – two plus ten) wells (ayin – eyes, springs) of water (mayim – water), and threescore (shib’iym – seventy) and ten palm trees (tamar – palm, date tree) : and they encamped (chanah – encamp, lay siege against) there by the waters (mayim – waters).
Palm trees are a sign of Judgement. We see this in Judges 4:5
5 And she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.
Interestingly Ezekiel sees many palm trees when speaking of the temple of Yahuwah. They stand upon the gateposts.
26 Seven steps led up to it, and its archway was in front of them; and it had palm trees on its gateposts, one on this side and one on that side.
18 And it was made with cherubim and palm trees, a palm tree between cherub and cherub. Each cherub had two faces,
19 so that the face of a man was toward a palm tree on one side, and the face of a young lion toward a palm tree on the other side; thus it was made throughout the temple all around.
We saw Yahshua, who came to be judged by the people, being brought in with Palm branches.
12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of Yahuwah!’
The King of Israel!”
Water comes in two forms. The form which is poisonous to the people, and the form which allows the people to survive. Water represents a teaching. One group of people accept a false teaching whilst another smaller group accept the truth. We saw that above in Revelation 8. Yahshua himself tells us that if we accept His water (teaching) we shall never thirst again.
14 But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water [satisfying his thirst for Yahuwah] welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life.”
If we want to float upon His waters we need to look into His ark which contains His commandments.
17 The flood [the great downpour of rain] was forty days and nights on the earth; and the waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it floated [high] above the land.
18 The waters became mighty and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the waters.
One thing I noted was that there are twelve wells of water here. The same as the number of scriptural moons (months) each year. It is interesting that the people here a camped by these waters. This is like the people being protected (laying seige) by His word.
There are a lot of things in those couple of scriptures. Sure. there is the physical, but there is also the spiritual which many people do not see even when they are shown. Personally, I think I have only scratched the surface. There is a lot more to learn.