Exodus 15:26

Throughout the season of Lent our daily devotions have been written by members of the Faith Lutheran community.  Our theme this Lent is “Jesus Our Healer.”  Today’s devotion comes from Pastor Junfeng Tan.

He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in his sight, and give heed to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will not bring upon you any of the diseases that I brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26

“I am the Lord who heals you.” The story behind the saying is the miracle of the bitter water. Israelites wandered in the wilderness of Shur for three days and found no water. Finally they saw a pool of water when they got to Marah. But they could not drink the water because it was bitter. The people complained to Moses, who then cried out in prayer to God.

God pointed him to a stick of wood. Moses threw it into the water. Lo and behold, the water became sweet.

This miracle story was used by God as a teaching tool. God told Israelites then and us today that the roadmap to health and healing is trusting God and obeying God’s commandments. Jesus says that the two most important commandments that God gives us are: first, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength”; second, love one’s neighbor as oneself (Mark 12:30-31). Therefore, love is the best medicine.

When love of God and love of one’s neighbors are absent in life, diseases and illness will move in and take control of our mind, body and spirit. Egypt was inflicted with diseases because there was too much violence, injustice, and oppression going on in that country. Israelites left the disease-ravaged land of Egypt and were led by Moses to the Promised Land of milk and honey. If the Promised Land was to remain clean and prosperous, Israelites had to dedicate themselves to the love of God and love of neighbors.

The same principle applies to our land and every land in the world.

Let us pray, Lord, you are the living water that makes life healthy, sweet, and beautiful. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, My God.” (Psalm 42:1).

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4 Responses to “Exodus 15:26”

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    “Come unto Me all you that thirst, and I will give you drink.”
    Praise the Lord and Give thanks for His living water!

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