“The people murmured against Moses, saying, ‘What shall we drink?’- they demanded. Moses pleaded with the Lord to help them, and the Lord showed him a tree to throw into the water, and the water became sweet.
It was there at Marah that the Lord laid before them the following conditions, to test their commitment to him:
“If you will listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and obey it, and do what is right, then I will not make you suffer the diseases I sent on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord who heals you.” (Ex 15:24-26)
The people of God crossed over the Red Sea. They praised God for the mighty deliverance. After just three days they began to murmur, asking for water. They saw a pool but the water was bitter and the murmuring increased.
These are some lessons for us:
*Bitterness manifests as murmuring or complaining.
This is the meaning of the word ‘murmur’ in Hebrew: to stop and abide in a house all night; to stubbornly complain or to have a grudge. Pray that you may understand the heart of a bitter man. Just imagine this story: After a long journey, tired and hungry, a traveler has come to a house along the road. He goes in. The host offers him a bed and some food. He gives the best he has .The next morning the traveler asks for his bill. The host tells him that all he received is a free gift for a heavenly Guest paid for him. Courtesy demands that at least he says ‘thank you’ both to the host and to the kind anonymous Guest. But the traveler feels no need to be grateful. He leaves the house grumbling that the bed was too hard and the food was not tasty. Many years later he still remembers the incident as a bad story. This is the heart of bitterness.
*Bitterness and grudges are rooted in ungratefulness and pride.
God tells Moses to cut the branch of a tree that grows by the pool. That piece of wood changes the bitter water into sweet water. That means the solution to the problem was found close by. The ‘medicine’ was planted by God on the shore of the bitter pool.
The word ‘tree’ also means ‘a Carpenter’. In other words, God tells the people to look unto Christ crucified. You don’t have to travel far away to have a solution to your problems. This is the first revelation of God as a ‘Doctor’: Jehovah Rapha. Bitterness is the background of all diseases. Go to the Cross! You need to trust in the Blood of Jesus so that your bitterness is removed! If not, you can never be healthy.
*The Cross of Calvary is the only cure for bitterness.
At the Cross you find life, hope and healing! At the Cross your sins are forgiven and your body healed! At the Cross you shall know the sweet joy of salvation! There is no other place in the universe to find such abundant blessings! The Cross is not fiction! It is a real place in the Spirit realm! Pray that your eyes open to this wonderful truth! It has saved many souls!
In Christ I declare:
I preach only the Gospel of Christ and Him Crucified!
At the Cross of Christ I found salvation, peace, joy, healing and freedom!
To the glory to God!
In Jesus name’