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Miraculous Journey to Sinai (Exodus 13:17 – 18:27)

posted 30 May 2012, 13:37 by Arinda Conradie   [ updated 11 Jun 2012, 10:40 ]

Four major events occur in this section:

  1. The Hebrews witness God’s miraculous delivering power (13:17 – 15:21).
  2. They experience first hand God’s ability to provide for His children (15:22 – 17:7).
  3. They receive protection from their enemy, the Amalekites (17:8 – 16).
  4. Ruling elders are established to keep peace among the people (18:1 – 27).

These four major events teach one major concept:  God had His hand on the lives of His special people.  Since they witnessed His presence and knew the way God worked in their behalf, they could adjust their lives to His way in order to continue receiving His blessings  (New Spirit Filled Life Bible 2002:75, 76).

At every stage of the journey out of Egypt to the rendezvous point at Mt. Sinai, God demonstrated His covenant love and His protection of Israel. In this courtship journey the Israelites learned to trust God to provide for their needs, and they learned to be obedient to God's commands.

Seven works of God on the courtship journey to the rendezvous at Mt. Sinai:

  1. The miracle of the pillar of cloud and fire.
  2. The parting of the Yam Suph and God's victory over the Egyptian army.
  3. The sweetening of the bitter water at Marah.
  4. The miracle of the quails.
  5. The miracle of the manna bread from heaven.
  6. The miracle of the life-giving water from the rock.
  7. The defeat of the Amalekites at Rephidim  (Agape Bible Study.  2009:1).

Miraculous Revelation at Sinai

God’s deliverance of the people is for the specific purpose of developing a covenant people. 

This section has three major components. 

  1. The giving of the Ten Commandments and those instructions that explain in great detail how these commandments are to be expressed in the lives of God’s covenant people (19:1 –   23:19).  The result of living outside this covenant structure are demonstrated by the incident     involving the golden calf (32:1 – 35).
  2. Instructions concerning the building of a tabernacle and its furniture (25:1 – 31:18).
  3. The actual construction of the tabernacle, its furnishings, and the dwelling of God’s presence        in the completed structure (35:4 – 40:33) (New Spirit Filled Life Bible. 2002:76).