Friday, January 28, 2011

Bible Study: Coming Out Of Bondage - Exodus - Chapter 15


Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Exodus. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.

Stacey


Take a few minutes to savor Exodus Chapter 15. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…



15:13-18 – The statements made by Moses here seem to parallel the Lord’s 7 “I will” promises from 6:6-8.

15:16 – The Lord bought the Israelites!

15:19-21 – Why would the Lord reiterate what happened to Pharaoh’s chariots and Israel at the Red Sea, now? Because Miriam’s song in vv. 20-21 is about the event described in 15:19.

15:22-23 – God’s pillars of cloud and fire led the Israelites to encounter desert without water and then to bitter waters so He could be glorified.

15:22-27 – Marah means bitter. Elim means trees.

15:22 – three days without water.

15:25 – the tree was baptized. It soaked up the bitterness leaving the water sweet. See 1 Peter 2:24.

15:26 – Jehovah-Rophe – The Lord who heals. God heals us of all diseases – including bitterness. The Israelites had much to be bitter about, but God introduces Himself as their Healer early on in this journey perhaps in the hopes that they will call on Him as Healer when their bitterness starts to manifest itself.

15:27 – the numerological significance of 12 (springs) and 70 (trees) is as follows:

The number twelve, being the product of three and four, typified the union of the people with God. On the table were twelve loaves of show-bread, and the breastplate of the priest contained twelve precious stones as emblems of the twelve tribes of Israel, which camped round about the Sanctuary.

The number seven was the general symbol for all association with God, and was the favorite religious number of Judaism, typifying the covenant of holiness and sanctification, and also all that was holy and sanctifying in purpose. The candlestick had seven lamps, and the acts of atonement and purification were accompanied by a sevenfold sprinkling. The establishment of the Sabbath, the Sabbatical year, and the year of jubilee was based on the number seven, as were the periods of purification and of mourning.

The number ten symbolized absolute completeness. The court to the Tabernacle was ten times ten ells long, and five times ten ells wide, and in the Holy of Holies the Ten Commandments were preserved.


What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?

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