Moses Part 10

Moses, the man of God

A study

Part 10

Provisions for the Journey

Exo.16, 17

After being delivered from the bondage of Egypt, and immediately after crossing the Red Sea, the Israelites had to journey through a great and terrible wilderness. But for, divine supernatural protection and provisions, it would have been impossible for them to pass through that wilderness. (Deut.8: 14-16, Jer.2: 6)

PROTECTION & GUIDANCE

God protected and guided His people by going with them in a pillar of a cloud and in a pillar of fire throughout their journey. (Ex.13: 21,22; 14: 19,20,24, Psa.78; 14, Deut.1: 33) Whenever the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, the children of Israel journeyed and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents. Whether it was by day or by night that the cloud was taken up, they journeyed. Or whether it were two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, remaining thereon, the children of Israel abode in their tents, and journeyed not: but when it was taken up, they journeyed. (Num.9: 17,21,22)

From this we can understand that, if we constantly keep our eyes upon our Lord, hear Him and totally obey Him in our life He is always present to protect us, help us and guide us in the right way.

FOOD & WATER FOR THE JOURNEY

Then they were supernaturally provided with Manna to eat (Ex.16: 14-22) and Water to drink on their journey. (Ex.17: 5-8) Both the Manna and the Water together formed the complete, God provided sustenance for the Israelites on their journey toward the land to which they had been called. God rained Manna from heaven every morning. The people went out and gathered it, and when they came back and measured it, he that gathered much had nothing over and he that gathered little had no lack. God gave them what was needed for each and every day. It was a very tasty and wholesome food and they didn’t need anything else to supplement their diet. Some of them tried to preserve a part of it for the next day, but it bred worms and became stinking. In this way God was teaching them to look unto Him and trust Him and completely depend on Him everyday for their sustenance. But on the sixth day they received twice as much and God commanded them to lay up that which remained for the next day.

Similarly for our sustenance in our pilgrim walk we are provided with the Word of God. If we feed upon His word every day we will receive the complete Spiritual nourishment and strength for our sustenance in our pilgrim walk.

When they were thirsty, “Behold, He smote the Rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed.” (Psa.78: 20) Along with the bread from heaven, God provided water also out of the rock. They all drank, …they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. (1Cor.10: 4) In a similar manner, when our Lord Jesus Christ completed the work of the cross, the Holy Spirit was sent to teach us and guide us into all truth. (John 14: 26, 16: 13) He takes the Word of God, the heavenly Manna and teaches us and provides strength and satisfaction to our souls.

KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR DESTINATION

The knowledge and clear understanding of their destination was a very important provision for their journey. For any journey, there should be a destination, and the travelers should clearly know the destination and the purpose for which they are travelling towards that goal. The Israelites knew it. To encourage them in the journey, and to overcome the hurdles on the way, it was very necessary that this goal is made clear to them and kept in remembrance always.

As we open the book of Exodus we find God’s firstborn son, Israel under bondage in Egypt. God spoke to them through Moses and said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land…. Unto to a land flowing with milk and honey. (Ex.3: 16,17, 4: 22,23) After delivering them out of Egypt, God took them miraculously through the Red Sea, while destroying the Egyptians. And Moses and the children of Israel having seen all of this, stood on the eastern banks of the Red Sea and sang a song of redemption unto the Lord. (Ex.15: 1-18) Most of the song concerns itself with the greatness of the Lord’s power in delivering them from the hand of the enemy. The song, then ends with the reason for Israel’s deliverance and the goal of their journey. Thou shalt bring them in and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for them to dwell in, in the sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established, The Lord shall reign forever and ever. (Ex.15: 17,18)

A mountain in Scripture signifies a kingdom. (Isa.2: 2-4, Dan.2: 34,35,44,45, Matt.16: 28-17: 5) The mountain of thine inheritance was a kingdom to be established by God in the midst of the Israelites. First they were to receive the rules and regulations governing the people (Law) and the pattern of God’s dwelling place in the midst of them (Tabernacle) and then march directly to the borders of the land of Canaan. Then they were to go in and under God’s power (as had been manifested in Egypt and at the Red Sea) take the land from the enemy and dwell therein. They were to dwell in this land, and then all the nations of the earth were to be ruled over and blessed through Israel. (Ex.19: 5,6) This is the goal of their wilderness journey, and the Israelites knew it clearly, as revealed in their song of redemption.

Today Satan and his angels are ruling from the heavens over the earth. God has delivered us from the bondage of sin and Satan through the power of the blood of the Lamb. During our pilgrim walk in this world (wilderness journey), we must know the goal towards which our Lord is taking us. Satan and his angels are very soon going to be removed from the kingdom of the heavens. Our Lord Jesus Christ with His joint-heirs is going to ascend the throne and rule from the heavens over the whole earth for a thousand years. If we constantly look forward to this goal and walk worthy of our calling and patiently be obedient to Him we will reach this goal. If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him. (2Tim.2: 12) If so be that be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. (Rom.8: 17) To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame… (Rev.3: 21)

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