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This Week's Reading: Exodus 14-17
Come Follow Me Insight #1
Moses’ eventual overthrow of Pharaoh has a bit of irony in it.
In Exodus 1:22 Pharaoh commanded “Every [Israelite] son that is born ye shall cast into the river. . .”
His intent was to kill off the male population of the Israelites. However, one of those sons that was “cast into the river” was kept safe in a basket until he was brought into Pharaoh’s own home.
This baby– Moses– would eventually cast Pharaoh and his army into a the river (the Red Sea) where the sons of the Egyptians died and the sons of the Israelites were saved (Exodus 14:28, Exodus 15:19, Psalm 136:15).
Come Follow Me Insight #2
How did Moses know what to do when parting the Red Sea?
In Exodus 14:15-16 we’re told that the voice of the Lord told Moses to part the Red Sea: “. . . lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it. . . .”
But how did Moses hear this voice? Was the Lord nearby in a cloud? Was He standing next to Moses?
It turns out the Lord didn’t need to be anywhere near Moses at the time. Instead, it was the Holy Ghost who delivered these words to Moses.
Yes– that’s right– Moses figured out how to part the Red Sea through good old spiritual revelation! Doctrine and Covenants 8:2-3 tell us that the Spirit is a voice or feeling that comes to our mind and heart. It says, “Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation; behold, this is the spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground.”
No angelic visitations. No personal time with the Lord. The Holy Ghost was all Moses needed!
Come Follow Me Insight #3
The Israelites hadn’t been out of Egypt for long when they found themselves in the middle of a battle with the Amalekites (no relation to the Amalekites from the Book of Mormon).
Who were these guys and why were they fighting the Israelites?
Well, the Amalekites were a nomadic tribe that was native to the area of Negev (see Numbers 12:29 footnote b, the Bible Dictionary entry for Negev, and Bible Map 10) which was in the southernmost desert of the land of Canaan–right where the Israelites were headed. They fought the Israelites at a place called Rephidim which (according to the Bible Dictionary) was an area just before Mt. Sinai.
Looking at Bible Maps 9 and 10 you can see that the Israelites would still have been almost 300 miles away from the Amalekites’ hometown.
So why did they fight them? Maybe they were bored. Maybe they’d had a bad night’s sleep and were feeling cranky.
Or maybe they knew that the Israelites considered Canaan their property and wanted to stop them from taking over. We don’t know for sure.
But the Amalekites were a HUGE pain in the patookus for the Israelites during their entire time in the land of Canaan until their exile into bondage.
My Favorite Scriptures for the Week
- Exodus 14:14
- Exodus 14:27
- Exodus 14:29
- Exodus 14:31
- Exodus 15:24-25
- Exodus 15:26
- Exodus 16:8