Bible Time Ages 3 - 6
God leads the people
Based on Exodus 15
After God parted the Red Sea so the Israelites could escape from slavery in Egypt, Moses led Israel away from the Red Sea. They went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert. They didn’t find any water there. When they came to Marah, they couldn’t drink its water. It was bitter. The people told Moses they weren’t happy with him. They said, “What are we supposed to drink?”
Then Moses cried out to the Lord. The Lord showed him a stick. Moses threw it into the water. The water became fit to drink.
There the Lord gave a ruling and instruction for the people. He said, “I am the Lord your God. Listen carefully to me. Do what is right in my eyes. Pay attention to my commands. Obey all my rules. If you do, I will not send on you any of the sicknesses I sent on the Egyptians. I am the Lord who heals you.”
The Israelites traveled on a little bit more and came to Elim. Elim It had lots of water to drink and many trees for shade. They camped there near the water.
What does this mean for me?
God had done many amazing miracles to set the Israelites free from slavery (read about it here). The Israelites should have trusted God. They were thirsty as they traveled in the desert. They were scared that God had forgotten about them. They thought they were going to die in the desert. But God cared for them. He turned the water pure at Marah so they could drink. They didn’t need to complain – God’s plan was to bring them to Elim all along. God knew that Elim had fresh water and plenty of trees to camp in the shade!
We can trust God too! Sometimes situations can be difficult. But we can trust that God wants to lead us to good places.
Read Exodus 15:13 in the Bible!
Because your love is faithful, you will lead the people you have set free.
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