No matter what, the bottom line is, as God Himself declares – He, the Lord, is our healer. And, God Who had now declared this statute and regulation, did indeed “test them” as the text states. How hard could that be for the children of Israel? I mean they were in strange territory on route to the Promised Land after years of slavery and having just experienced incredible miracles. All they had to do was just satisfy the statute and avoid the penalty of the regulation. But could they do it? Can we do it?
Nevertheless, God Who is all loving, continued to lead them though He knew they would fail Him. He then took them also to Elim where He provided them with not one, but “twelve springs of water”, perhaps one for each tribe of the children of Israel. And if that was not enough, He also showed them “seventy date palms” that they could eat from. Our God is not only a Healer, but a Provider, a Nourisher. And so, the Israelites now with their thirst quenched and their stomachs filled, could rest beside the waters.
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