DAY FORTY-FIVE : Exodus 15 v. 1 – 16 v. 36; Matthew 28 v. 1 – 20; Psalm 21 v. 8 – 13
EXODUS 15 – The other side of the sea-crossing, Moses and the Israelites sing a song – the first recorded song in the Bible ? The song praises God’s mighty deeds, wiping away the Egyptian army and setting them free.
“Who is like You –
majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory,
It’s a song of great faith in God’s unfailing love, that He will establish the Israelites in the land He had promised. Other nations and peoples will tremble in fear when they hear what Israel’s God has done.
We picture Miriam, Moses’ sister, once again (don’t think we’ve heard of her since the incident with the basket and Pharaoh’s daughter). She’s an amazing big sister, and she’s good with the tambourine, dancing and singing.
Three days they travelled through the desert without water – not a great start – testing !!
The water they find is bitter, but Moses, instructed by God, throws some wood into the water and it becomes sweet to drink, and the next place they stop has many springs (twelve springs…perfect for twelve tribes!).
EXODUS 16 – the people are grumbling again, struggling in the desert, and remembering their pots of meat and the ‘good times’ in Egypt (‘the whole community grumbled….’ – ouch).
Bread from heaven (Manna) – there is enough to gather each day, sufficient for the day (double on the sixth day to cover the Sabbath).
Moses reminds the people that they are grumbling against God really, not against them.
Supper of quail, breakfast of flakes !
Those who disobey Moses and keep some of the flakes on standby for the next day discover a smelly maggoty mess the next morning. Moses sniffs them out and is livid !
God is teaching them daily dependence upon Him – just enough for each person for each day (cp Jesus’ ‘give us this day our daily bread’).
On the Sabbath day, what they saved over from the previous day miraculously didn’t become a maggoty stinky mess, but enabled them to rest and eat (even then, some disobeyed and went looking for manna on the Sabbath !!).
RECIPE FOR MANNA – coriander seed, wafer flavouring and honey essence….get the idea ? Melt in the mouth stuff. There was an attempt to jar up some of the manna to show the generations to come.
Forty years, God’s people ate manna in the desert, until they arrived at the Promised Land.
I’m glad that weight thing was cleared up at the end of the reading today : an omer is 1/10 of an ephah.
I can sleep well tonight, knowing that’s solved that puzzle !
MATTHEW – Resurrection Day, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary visit the tomb.
Earthquake…angel of the Lord…stone rolled away…angel sat on it.
The guards tremble and faint at the lightning, dazzling appearance of the angel.
The women are the first to hear the news, “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see….then go quickly and tell His disciples…”
They run to tell the disciples the news, and meet Jesus, Himself, along the way. They are afraid, yet filled with joy. They bow down and worship Jesus (He is the risen King !!). Jesus instructs them to tell the disciples to go back to Galilee and they will see Him there.
There’s a plot (involving the transfers of money) to let the world know that the disciples stole the body. I guess they thought that would be the end of that. Hee Hee !!
Matthew’s gospel ends back in Galilee, with Jesus commissioning His disciples. Back on familiar territory, where Jesus’s ministry and the disciples’ involvement with Him began. It appears it’s very much ‘over to them’ now !
“All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Stunning. A mandate for ministry, for each and every one of us.
PSALM – God will sort out His enemies. It’s all in His hands, the strong and mighty Lord.
My recreated thoughts :
Manna each morning
A promised Resurrection Day
Life will never be the same again
Every day a gift