Exodus 15: Sing a Song, Sing it Loud to Last the Whole Night Long


Synopsis:

Once they Israelites were safe on the other side, they celebrated with a song extolling the virtues of their God. Miriam, the sister of Aaron and a prophetess led the singing and extolled the virtues of Moses. Eventually they moved on and tried to find a place with water where they could live. It took three days and people were getting cranky that they only water they found was undrinkable. So God tells Moses to throw a tree into the water to make it potable, and this works. Eventually all the tribes come to Elim where there are 12 wells of water and 10 palm trees and they encamp there.

In other words:

The Israelites party and then set to work finding an oasis to camp near.

Favorite bit:

(Exodus 15:1-19) One gets the sense this is the actual words of a poem or song. Despite it’s flowery words and over the top extolling of God, it’s quite a nice synopsis of what happened. Everyone loves a good poem well told.

Best bit:

(Exodus 15:20) Miriam is a prophetess. As a woman, I like that there are women of power.


Most Curious Bit:

(Exodus 15:25) What exactly is this tree they used to make the waters potable. It would be nice to know as that seems like REALLY handy knowledge.

Moral Lesson Learned:

Clean water is essential (Exodus 15:25)