The Lord shewed him a tree
‘And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters were made sweet.’
Exodus Chapter 15 Verse 25
I can imagine the joy, the melody and the volume of the songs that Moses and the children of Israel sang on the far banks of the Red Sea being carried back as far as Egypt. The Lord had provided a marvellous and wondrous deliverance for them from their enemies.
What were they expecting now as they started out on this new journey? I myself have an expectation today. Today I am happy to say that after a long time of vacancy we are inducting a new Pastor over us as a congregation here where I live.
Perhaps the thoughts
going through my mind this morning are similar to those of the children of
Israel so long before.
Were the children of
Israel expecting everything now to be wonderful? They had left behind the
cruelty and bondage of Egypt. Surely things would be better now!
Well do I remember the
shock in my own soul when, having been saved by the grace of God I realized
that sin was still present with me! What a bitter discovery!
Christ died once upon
that tree for sinners, yet the application of His atonement must still be a
daily occurrence for us. It is a lifetime of repentance and faith, of daily
surrender and obedience.
Christ Jesus the Son of God dying for sinners.
A fountain was opened up
for sin and uncleanness. It was not a stagnant pool where one dip was all that
was required. Our sin requires cleansing and we are to rejoice that the
salvation and cleansing is as efficacious and fresh for us today as it was
when first we believed.
It was a time of testing
yet a time also of learning for the children of Israel. Just because they were
free from the bondage of the Egyptians did not mean that they could manage now
on their own.
It is an easy statement
to make yet not an easy lesson to learn in reality! His provision can never be
measured. There is always an abundance of goodness from His hand.
In mercy and in love He changed their situation from bitterness to sweetness, and He will do the same for us if we follow Him in obedience. He says, "Them that honour me, I will honour." And He also says, "I am the Lord that healeth thee."
I look forward to our new ministry, and I have a renewed desire to follow in obedience. We read that "The Lord added to His church daily, such as should be saved." I pray that will be our portion.
Mackenzie Edited by : Pastor Al Moak