In the Book of Genesis, God made a faithful promise to Abraham; namely, that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in heaven and the grains of sand on the seashore. When the people of Israel settled in the land of Egypt, it seemed like God's promise to Abraham was being fulfilled. "The Israelites were fruitful and prolific; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them" (Exodus 1:7).
Pharaoh, however, is not pleased with this growing population of foreigners living in his midst. In an attempt to curb the growth and spread of the Hebrew people, he not only enslaves them but orders all the baby boys to be killed.
God's promise to Abraham is now in danger. Fortunately, the God of the Jewish people is a God who remains faithful to his promise - even when that promise is threatened by the plots and schemes of wicked people.
Bitter Waters - Part 2 in a Bible Study Series on Israel's Wilderness Wanderings (Exodus 15:22-27)
After crossing the waters of the Red Sea, the Israelites are immediately met with their first challenge; namely, their need for water. Traveling for three days across a hostile, arid landscape they finally arrive at a water source. To their great disappointment, however, they learn that this water is undrinkable. How will God provide for his people? How is the plight of Israel in this story relevant to our lives? We'll talk about this as we take a closer look at Exodus 15:22-27.