Summary: God did not want His people to go through what the sinners went through. The diseases the Egyptians had; God does not want it to be your disease. Because God said, “I am the Lord your healer. The Lord is promising us to heal us. No matter what kind of pandemic that you are facing today.
Jehovah Rapha – The Lord who heals You
“If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26
Father, we want to give thank you today for your mercies. We thank you today that you do not leave us nor forsake us. We thank you that you are being with us. Dear Lord, thank you for your promise of I am the Lord who heals you, now we pray that you might help us to know how to encourage your people. We pray in Jesus name. Amen.
The church of Jesus Christ has been here before for us. Covid-19 has changed everything and for us. The Lord is promising us to heal us. No matter what kind of situation that you are facing now. The pandemic we have today is a great opportunity for us to show our faith and hope of Christian life. Let us meditate from the passage of Exodus 15:18-27.
Moses led Israel through the Red Sea. We all know about the Red Sea. The Red Sea was when the people of Israel found themselves between a rock and a hard place. Pharaoh was coming from one side, and the sea was in front of them. They can't go back, and they can’t go forward. They were stuck right where they were. God suddenly performed a miracle. That's when you really know it's God because there's no human explanation for us to get out of a mess without a miraculous intervention of the divine. God opened up the Red Sea.
They had a praying service in the beginning of this chapter. Moses opened up with a song, and they sang about the greatness of God. Exodus 15:19 It says, “for the horses of Israel and their chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, and the Lord brought back the waters of the sea upon them. But the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea.”
The Women's Fellowship of Israel got together in verses 20 & 21 “Then Miriam the prophetess Aaron's sister, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrel and with dances.” God had done a marvelous thing on their behalf. But right after crossing the Red Sea, verse 22 says they went out into the wilderness. They just came through water; now they hit dry land.
The wilderness is not an exciting place to be, but it was the only way they could get to where God was taking them. Now nobody wants to go through the wilderness, but there was no other way to get to Canaan. So, they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. They were looking for water because you can't sustain yourself for long without water. They were desperate for a refreshment coming out of a miracle.
When they came to Marah in verse 23. We can see, how excited they were as to see water after three days. However, they could not drink the waters of Marah for the water was bitter and therefore they named it Myra. Imagine you have no water for three days, and you finally come up to some water only to find it undrinkable and bitter. You may question “but isn't God good?” The Israelites were looking and praying for water. They finally came upon water only to discover the water was undrinkable. The water was bitter.
They came from the miracle of the Red Sea. And seeing water, it had seemed like God had supplied once again. But the supply was bitter and unusable. So, they did what we all do when things don't work out the way we want. In verse 24, they were grumbled. Please notice that the miracle and the problem we're both dealing with has the same thing: WATER. They had just come through water but they're running up on a water problem. They had just seen what God could do with water and that same God could take water and work it out.
They went three days without water and then ran into a water problem. Why were they grumbling? They were grumbling because they had a water problem with no visual solution near them. But wait a minute. Three days earlier, they also had a water problem with no visible solution before God opened up the Red Sea. It doesn't take long to forget what God can do, because it doesn't take long to forget what God has done. They were on the route to their future having just praised God, and they ran into a dilemma when things had just gotten better. Perhaps there may be a few of you who are bitter here today, because right now life doesn't taste as good or life is not working the way you want it to. Why were the Israelites allowed to go through this problem?