Coachlight Bible Study – Exodus Lesson 13 – Exodus Chapter 15

Marah Oasis Experience


The Book Of Exodus – Shemoth – “Names”











Slavery In Egypt

Birth of Moses

Call of Moses

Return of Moses to Egypt

Deliverance By Blood

& Power

Marching To Sinai

Giving of the Law

Blueprint & Con-struction

of the Tabernacle


To continue the record of Israel’s birth as a nation and God coming down and delivering Israel out of bondage unto a land flowing with milk and honey.


Deliverer – I AM








430 Years – From Abrahamic Covenant To Deliverance – (Galatians 3:17)

2 Months

10 Months


1 Corinthians 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

1 Corinthians 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

1 Corinthians 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;

1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

1 Corinthians 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

1 Corinthians 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

1 Corinthians 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

1 Corinthians 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

1 Corinthians 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.



God did not call Moses to be a deliverer, but rather to be a prophet. A prophet is one who speaks God’s Word.  In no uncertain Words, God instructs:


Exodus 7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.


  God commanded Moses: “Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: And Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land.” (Exodus 7:2)


In Moses’ first forty years in Egypt, he somehow knew that he would be involved in the deliverance of Israel, in fact he attempted to deliver one of them by his own strength, and ended up killing an Egyptian in so doing.  Moses had to be humbled, so God sent him to Midian for another forty years to live the humble life of a shepherd.  At the close of this humble lifestyle, Yahweh appears to Moses, and announces that Yahweh has: “…come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians…” (Exodus 3:8)


But whether Moses knew it or not, he was not ready to be Yahweh’s prophet.  It was only after five excuses, two objections, and twice questioning Yahweh’s plan, that Moses was ready to be Yahweh’s prophet, and lead Israel out of Egypt.


After their great deliverance by blood and power of the Holy Spirit, Moses lead Israel in a song, and we are re-introduced to Miriam who participates in the praising of God with timbrels and dances.  Could this be the same people who when they were trapped between the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army said: “…Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness?“ ? (Exodus 14:11)


After this great celebration of the Lord’s triumph over Egypt, these same people are faced with a trial – no water in the Wilderness of Shur.  When they came to Marah, they found water but could not drink it because the water was bitter.  They murmured against Moses because they could not seem to trust Yahweh to provide them with good tasting water to drink.  Moses cried to Yahweh, and Yahweh showed Moses a tree that when cast into the bitter water, the water was made sweet.  What do you suppose this tree is a symbol of in our day and age?


Moses had been trained well by God.  He had learned the necessity of believing God’s Word and not to look on circumstances and hardships.  When Israel, the same people that had celebrated Yahweh’s victory over Egypt by praising God with song and dance, was murmuring against Moses at the first bitter experience, Moses knew what to do.  Moses went to God for His Word.  God’s Word lead Moses to the tree that made the bitter Marah Oasis sweet.


After the bitter experience at Marah, Moses lead Israel to Elim, which had 12 wells of water and seventy palm trees.  After every Marah, there is an Elim



I. Moses First 40 Years In Egypt– Exodus 1:1 – 2:15

A. God Miraculously Saves Moses’ Life

1. By means of the Midwives – Exodus 1:15-22

2. By means of an ark carried out by Moses’ mother and sister – Exodus 2:1-10

B. Moses Tries To Deliver Israel By His Own Power And fails – Exodus 2:11-14

C. Moses Flees To Midian

II. Moses’ Second Forty Years In Midian – Exodus 2:15-4:20

A. God Appears To Moses In A Burning Bush – Exodus 3:1-9

1. God Appears As A Burning Bush Not Being Consumed – Exodus 3:1-9

a. The “Flame of Fire” was God’s presence

b. God’s presence was in the midst of a bush not consumed by the fire

c. The bush is a type of Israel in God’s refining fire not being consumed

Deuteronomy 4:20 But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.


d. This is actually the first of seven judgments on Israel throughout the Bible

a. Egypt

b. Assyria

c. Babylon

d. Medes And Persians

e. Greeks

f. Romans

g. End of this age Revived Roman Empire - Beast


2. Moses Learns How To Approach God – Exodus 3:5

a. Don’t get too close

b. Take your shoes off


3. Yahweh Reveals Who He Is – IAM That IAM

a. I Am the God of thy father

b. I Am the God of Abraham

c. I Am the God of Jacob


4. God Announces His Purpose

a. God Has Seen The Affliction Of His People

b. God Has Heard The Cry Of Israel

c. God Has Come Down

1. To deliver Israel out of the hand of the Egyptians

2. Unto a good and large land flowing with milk and honey

d. God Came Down

1. To Deliver Us Out Of The Sin And Death Of This World

2. Unto A Righteous Life With Christ And Position In Christ


Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Ephesians 2:4 But God, …

Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

5. God Calls Moses As A Prophet – I Will Send Thee To Pharaoh – Exodus 3:10

a. Moses’ First Excuse – Exodus 3:11-12

1. “Who Am I” – Exodus 3:11

2. “”I will be with thee” – Exodus 3:12

b. Moses’ Second Excuse – Exodus 3:13-22

1. “…They shall say unto me, ‘What is His name’?” – Exodus 3:13

2. “I Am that I Am” – Exodus 3:14-15

a. Tell Israel, “I Am hath sent me unto you”

b. Tell Israel the Lord God of your fathers..sent me unto you”

c. “…Gather the elders of Israel together..”

d. Tell Pharaoh

1. “The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us”

2.  “..Beseech thee three days journey into the wilderness”

3. “That we may sacrifice to the Lord”

e. God Prophesies

1.  “…The king of Egypt will not let you go…”

2. “… “I will stretch out My hand, and smite Egypt…”

3. “…I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians”

c. Moses’ Third Excuse – Exodus 4:1-9

1. “…They will not believe me…” – Exodus 4:1

2. Moses does not have to convince Israel – God will by signs – Exodus 4:2-9

a. God will use Moses’ staff

b. But only if his heart is one accord with God’s Word – why?


Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.


c. Moses just needed to speak God’s Word with:

1. Faith – Hebrews 11:24-27

2. His heart in one accord with God’s Word


Luke 6: 45 …for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.


d. The same exact thing should happen today


I Thessalonians 1:5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

I Thessalonians 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

I Thessalonians 1:7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

I Thessalonians 1:8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.


1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:


d. Moses’ Forth Excuse – Exodus 4:10–12

1. “…I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue…” – Exodus 4:10

2. “… I will be with thy mouth” – Exodus 4:11-12

e. Moses’ First Objection – Exodus

1. “…send… by the hand of him who Thou wilt send” – Exodus 4:13

2. “The anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses” – Exodus 4:14-17

a. God sends Aaron to meet Moses

b. “…I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth”

1. “…He shall be thy spokesman unto the people:”

2. “…He shall be to thee instead of a mouth”

3. “…Thou shalt be to him instead of God”


III. Moses’ Third Forty Years Back In Egypt – Exodus 4:18-4:20


A. Moses Returning To Egypt Delivering Out Of Bondage - A Type Of Rapture


I Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.


And continuing in I Thessalonians from above…


I Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

I Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.


I Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

I Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

I Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

I Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

I Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

I Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.


1. Why should we comfort one another with these words?

2. Because Christ:”… Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”


B. God’s Instructions To Moses – Exodus 4:21-23

1. “…Do all those wonders before Pharaoh…” Exodus 4:21

a. God will harden Pharaoh’s heart

b. Pharaoh will not let the people go

2. “And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh…” Exodus 4:22-23

a. “…Israel is My son, even My firstborn”

b. “…Let My son go that he may serve Me:”

c. “…If thou refuse…I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.”


C. Moses’ 2nd Objection – Too Much Confidence In The Flesh – Exodus 4:24-26

1. God sought to kill Moses because he did not circumcise one of his sons

2. Zipporah cut off the foreskin

3. God let Moses go after circumcision

4. The lesson of circumcision is not placing confidence in the flesh

a. Moses could not be God’s prophet because of who Moses was

b. The flesh had to be cut off


Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Philippians 3:4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

Philippians 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,


c. Israel accepts That God Had Called Moses To Be Their Leader – Exodus 4:27-31

d. Pharaoh Rejects Moses and makes it tough on Israel– Exodus 5:1-14

e. Israel rejects Moses – Exodus 5:15-21


D. Moses 1st And 2nd Questioning Of God’s Plan – Exodus 5:22-23

1. “Wherefore hast Thou so evil entreated this people?”

2. “…Why is it that Thou hast sent me?”

E. God Reassures Moses And Us Today With The Seven I Wills of Deliverance

The Seven “I Wills” Of Deliverance – Exodus 6:1-8


1st I Will

2nd I Will

3rd I Will

4th I Will

5th I Will

6th I Will

7th I Will


Bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians

Rid you out of their bondage

Redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments

Take you to me for a people

Be to you a God

Bring you in unto the land

Give it you for an heritage

















The “Love of this world” that burdens the heart

The bondage of sin

Our Savior, Who Stretches out His Hand

God’s Son Who adopted us as sons

God loving us because it is His nature to love us

Our position with Christ after deliverance

The earnest of our inheritance until the purchased possession


I John


Romans 7:20-24



Galatians 4:3-7



Ephesians 2:4-10

Ephesians 1:10-14


F. God Speaks To Moses – “…Speak thou unto Pharaoh…” - Exodus 6:12, 28-29

G. Moses’ Fifth Excuse – Exodus 6:12, 30

1. “…I am of uncircumcised lips”

2. “How shall Pharaoh harken to me?”

H. God Reassures Moses With The Definition Of A Prophet – Exodus 7:1-2

1. “…See I have made thee a god to Pharaoh”

2. “…Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet”

3. “…Thou shalt speak all that I command thee:”

4. “…Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh…”

I. God Prophesies – Exodus 7:4-5

1. “…Pharaoh will not hearken unto you…”

2. “That I may lay My hand upon Egypt…”

a. “And bring forth Mine armies”

b. “And My people…”

c. “…Out of the land of Egypt by great judgments”


IV. God’s First Blow By Stretching Forth His Hand Against Egypt

God’s First Blow To Egypt’s gods – An Attack On Crocodile Worship

Exodus 7:10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.<08577> (Crocodile)

Complete Passage

Exodus 7:8-13

Religious Situation In Egypt

Egyptians Hold A Ritual Everyday To Destroy Apep, So The Sun god Ra Would Shine On Egypt

Egyptian gods Directed Against

Sebek – An Evil deity With A Crocodile Head


Apep, Appeared In The Form Of A Crocodile, Was The Arch Enemy Of The Sun god Ra.

Affect On Egypt

Pharaoh’s Wise Men And Sorcerers Cast Down Their Rods, And The Rods Become Crocodiles

Affect On The Egyptian Religion

Although The Egyptians Worship The Crocodile, It Is Aaron’s Rod That Swallows Up Their Crocodiles

Affect On Pharaoh

After Seeing This Spectacle, Pharaoh Hardened His Heart As Yahweh Had Said

VI. The Battle Of The Gods Continues – Exodus 7:14 – 12:36

Brief Overview Of The Plagues Directed Against The gods Of Egypt

Exodus 12:12  For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.


Water Turned To Blood




Actually Beetles (Scarabs)

Murrain On The Cattle





Death Of The First Born


Exodus 7:19-25

Exodus 8:1-15





Exodus 9:1-7

Exodus 9:8-17

Exodus 9:18-35

Exodus 10:1-20

Exodus 10:21-29



Religious Situation In


Nile Thought To Bring Life Out Of Death Every Spring

Frogs Were Sacred Not Supposed To Kill Them

Egyptians Worshipped The Earth god,


Scarabs Sacred

 To Ra


Spoke Of Eternal


Egyptians Worshiped The


 Bull god,


Priests Had To Be Spotless, No Disease In Order To Serve

The Sky goddess, Nut Said To Be A Canopy Protecting Egypt

People Could Not Worship, They Had To Find Food

The Sun god Was The Most Important god In Egypt

The Firstborn Designated To The gods of Egypt

God’s Word To Moses

Exodus 7:14-19

Exodus 8:1-5

Exodus 8:16



Exodus 8:1-5

Exodus 9:8-9

Exodus 9:13-22

Exodus 10:1-2

Exodus 10:21



Egyptian god

 Directed Against

Nile god, Hapi

Nile Was Sacred To



 The Ugly Frog Headed goddess



 god – Made Report To Osirus  About The Harvest





And RA





Judgment Against All The Egyptian Religion

Nut, The Sky goddess

Egyptian Life In General – All gods powerless


 The Sun god

All gods and Pharaoh

Affect On Egypt

Caused The Nile To Bring Death for 7 Days

Hundreds Of Frogs Every

Where - Heaps Of Frogs – Land Stank

What Was Sacred To Geb The Egyptians Now

 Hated – Mites Are Scavengers

Thousands Of

 Sacred Scarabs Everywhere

Sacred Cattle With Fatal Disease

All Worship Had To Stop

 Boils On Egyptians And Animals

The Flax And Barley Was Smitten

All Crops Left After Hail Eaten

Egyptian Religion Devastated

Egyptian belief That Pharaoh Was A god Devastated

Affect On The Egyptian Religion

Priests Imitated This Plague, Powerless To Change Back

Priests Duplicated This Plague

Priests Could

 Not Duplicate

Made Clear That Both Ra And Kepara

Are Powerless Against Yahweh

Egyptians Forced

 To Worship Sick


Religious Rituals Came To A Screeching Halt

The Sky goddess, Nut Shown Helpless Against Yahweh

Pharaoh’s Servants Realize That The Israelites Are A Snare

The Highest god

 Shown To Be Helpless Against Yahweh

Demonstrated Completely Ineffective

Affect On Pharaoh

Hardened His Heart

After God Took Away The Frogs  As Asked Pharaoh Hardened His Heart

Did Not

 Ask For Plague

 To Be Removed

Wanted To Compromise Then Hardened His Heart – As The Lord Had Said

Pharaoh Hardened His Heart

The Lord Hardened The Heart Of Pharaoh As The Lord Had Spoken To Pharaoh

As Soon As Hail Ceased, He Hardened His

 Heart As Spoken By Moses

Pharaoh Admitted He Had Sinned Against God, But Hardened His Heart After The Locusts Are Gone

He Hardened His Heart

Pharaoh Ordered Moses, Israelites, Their Children, Animals, And Possessions Out Of Egypt

Compromise Offered




1. Sacrifice In The Land

2. Don’t Go Very Far




Leave The Children

Leave The Flocks


Affect On


Same As Egypt

Same As Egypt

Same As Egypt

No Plague

 Of Flies Affected Israel

Not One Of The Israelite Cattle Died

No Boils On Israelites

No Hail In


Taught To Teach God To Their Children

All The Children Of Israel Had Light In Their Dwellings

Delivered By Blood Of The Lamb And Power Of The Holy Spirit


VII. Delivered By Blood And Power


Type And Antitype Regarding Deliverance By Blood And Power



It Was God’s Timing For The Passover – Exodus 12:2-3

Galatians 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, …

The Sacrifice Must Be A Lamb – Exodus 12:3

Revelation 5:6 … in the midst of the throne .., stood a Lamb as it had been slain, …

If The House Is Too Little For The Lamb – A Lamb For A House - Exodus 12:3-4

The Lamb Is Sufficient

Revelation 5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

The Whole Assembly of the Congregation of Israel Shall Slay It – Exodus 12:6b

1 Corinthians 5:7 …For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

The Lamb Had To Be Without Blemish – Exodus 12:5

1 Peter 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

The Blood Had To Be Properly Applied – Individual Israelite Could Not Be Saved Just By Killing The Lamb – Exodus 12:7

Romans 10: 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, …

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Eat The Lamb With Unleavened Bread – Exodus 12:8

Beware of False Texts And Teachings

Matthew 16:12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Eat The Lamb With Bitter Herbs – Exodus 12:8

Remembering Bitter Times In Egypt (World)

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world…

Don’t Break A Bone Of The Lamb – Exodus 12:46

John 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

When I See The Blood I Will Pass Over You –

Exodus 12:12

Revelation 5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

Blood Applied With A Bunch Of Hyssop –

Exodus 12:13

Blood Applied By Faith

Hebrews 11:28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Must Maintain A Pilgrim Attitude – Staff In Hand, Loins Girded, Staff In Hand. Etc.  – Exodus 12:11

Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, ... confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims ..

I Peter 1: 3  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

The Pillar Came Between The Camp Of The Egyptians And The Camp Of Israel - Israel Went Into The Midst Of The Sea Upon The Dry Ground – Exodus 14:20-22

A Type Of Baptism In Water And Holy Ghost

I Corinthians 10:1 …how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

I Corinthians 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me … shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:


VIII. Then Sang Moses – Exodus 15:1-21


Exodus 15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Exodus 15:3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.

Exodus 15:4 Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.

Exodus 15:5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.

Exodus 15:6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.

Exodus 15:7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.

Exodus 15:8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.

Exodus 15:9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.

Exodus 15:10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

Exodus 15:12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.

Exodus 15:13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.

Exodus 15:14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.

Exodus 15:15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.

Exodus 15:16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.

Exodus 15:17 Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.

Exodus 15:18 The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.

Exodus 15:19 For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.

Exodus 15:20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

Exodus 15:21 And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.


VIII. “…They Came To Marah…” – Exodus 15:22-26


Exodus 15:22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.

Exodus 15:23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.

Exodus 15:24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?

Exodus 15:25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,

Exodus 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.


A. Now, Israel Has Been Delivered

1. Israel Has Had A Wonderful Time Of Praising God With Song And Dance

2. Now Shouldn’t Everything Be Without difficulties? – A Bed Of Roses?

B. Now, Israel Is In Completely Different Circumstances To Those Which They Were Accustomed In Egypt

1. Egypt had been a land of plenty

2. There was water in abundance in Egypt

C. Now, Where Are The Cisterns Of Egypt?

1. The cisterns of Egypt can not satisfy them anymore

2. They have not yet found the “fountains of living water”

3. After deliverance, everyone comes to this point of “soul thirst”


Psalms 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.


D. The Marah Experience Is A Normal Experience Of The Delivered

1. This bitter experience is many times not understood

2. Remember it was God that placed Israel on this path – Marah was on it – Exodus 13:17-18

3. Many say something like, “Why does God let this happen to me?

4. It is for sure that God is not punishing this person

5. It is like God’s “Branding Iron” – Everyone knows to Whom you belong

E. It Was God’s Tree Cast Into The Water That Made the Water Sweet

Deuteronomy 21:23 … (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) …


Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:


1. Jesus Christ died on God’s tree

2. It is the cross of Christ that makes the bitter Marah experiences sweet

3. We then can receive Biblical living water


I Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

I Corinthians 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

I Corinthians 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

I Corinthians 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

I Corinthians 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.


4. Then we can from the hope we have proclaim:


I Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

I Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

I Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

I Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

I Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

I Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

I Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.


IX. After Every Marah Oasis Experience, There Is An Elim Oasis


Exodus 15:27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.


A. Peter was in prison, but the angel opened the door

B. Paul and Silas were beaten at midnight, but an earthquake freed them

C. There is the Marah experience in life, but there is also the Elim Oasis