The Waters of Marah
"Then Moses led the children of Israel to journey away from the Red Sea. They went out to the desert of Shur, walked for three days into the desert, and found no water. Then they
came to Marah, but they were not able to drink the waters of Marah, because they were bitter. (That is why it's name was Marah.)
Exodus 15:22-23 NET
The waters of Marah. The word "Marah" in the Hebrew means bitter. So the children of Israel only had bitter waters to drink. Verse twenty five says, "And the Lord showed Moses a tree,
and when he threw it into the waters, the waters became safe to drink.
15 years ago today our oldest son went home to be with the Lord. His name was Cameron. His mother and I loved him dearly. He was killed in a car accident while on his way to get a passport
photo so that he could go to Nicaragua to serve in missions.
He was 22. Our hearts were broken and for a season we were forced to drink "bitter waters". Through prayer and care from others we were able to survive those waters. For some though, the
question still remains, "How do you drink bitter waters without becoming bitter?" Bitterness is a hard demonic inspired state that is hard to recover from. The answer for me is in verse twenty-five. "The Lord showed Moses a tree". The cross of Christ is the
answer for dealing with bitterness in your life. Everything about the cross is counterproductive to bitterness. It wasn't right, it wasn't fair, it wasn't just, it was cruel and unjust. The religious community of the day had to reach into the darkest depth of hypocracy to pull it off. This man was humiliated and suffered for the crimes his perpetrators were guilty of. This was the lowest act of betrayal in the history of betrayal, that put him there. All past betrayals and all future betrayal would be compared to this betrayal of the cross. Only "cursed men" die on the cross. Gal.3:13. The Cross of Christ has become the symbol of the cure for all bitterness in our lives. He "endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at right hand of the thrown of God!
Consider him who endured such contradiction from sinners against himself." Heb.12:2.-3. Consider the cross the next time your bitterness rises up within. It has done wonders for me. I'm sure it will for you.
April 9, 2005 - March 3, 2005