followObservations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 1:1; Numbers 33:10-11 [1]

The week-long Festival of Unleavened Bread begin when Moses and his congregation left Egypt and ended when they arrived at Elim on April 21st.  During the week they initially cried out to God for help but quickly shifted focus to their pastor for help. Their unfaithfulness prompted God to lead them to bitter water and test their love for him.[2] The sticks God commanded Moses to throw into the bitter water foreshadowed his love and sweetened the water. Then he led them to Elim and let them rest for three weeks.

They broke camp on May 14, exactly one month after the Passover. Instead of traveling toward their destination to worship God, they traveled back to the Red Sea. This is the second time their journey was delayed when they had to travel back to the Red Sea.

Learning the same lesson twice can be painful. The first time the traveled back to the Red Sea they experienced a glorious deliverance. This time they camped by a stench. A dead body will rise in about one to two weeks. By the time they returned three weeks later, it is possible hundreds of dead bodies lay on the shore decomposing.

At the Red Sea God destroyed their enemies never to rise against them again not Moses. He led them to the place of their deliverance now littered with the bodies of their oppressors. They needed to remember how even Moses sang and gave thanks for their deliverance to God. They needed to remember how God removed Egypt’s gods from their life not Moses.

Sometimes you have to go back to the place you began your journey and remember that God is greater than your problem. Remember that a man did not deliver you. God did. Remember that a man is not leading you. God is. Remember that the gods of this world are incapable of loving you like the God who created you does. Remember to take your problems to God not his messenger.


[1] All Scripture is from the NKJ Bible unless otherwise noted.

[2] Numbers Chapter 5

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of Southern Christian Writers, a freelance writer and author of three books.
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