Exodus 14-17: “Stand Still, and See the Salvation of the Lord” (April 4-10)

Passage of the Jews through the Red Sea” (detail) by Ivan Aivazovsky

Crossing the Red Sea

One of the most dramatic miracles recorded in the scriptures is the passages of thousands of Israelites through the Red Sea on dry ground. The author of Exodus records that “the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left” (Exodus 14:22, 29). This event has inspired subsequent generations of believers, including Book of Mormon prophets. This week’s Come, Follow Me study guide for Individuals and Families encourages us to also let this event strengthen our faith: “When we need deliverance—when we need a little more faith, when we need to ‘stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord’—we can remember how ‘the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians’ (Exodus 14:13, 30).”

Here is a blog post about how this event can inspire us with the faith to move forward:

Murmuring

Almost immediately after crossing the Red Sea, the Israelites began to complain. They were hungry and thirsty. In Egypt, they had been slaves but at least they had food and water. (See Exodus 15:23–2716:1–1517:1–7.) Their murmuring has a parallel in the Book of Mormon: Lehi’s oldest sons, Laman and Lemuel complained at every stage of their journey from Jerusalem to their promised land. (See, for example, 1 Nephi 2:11–12.) It’s easy for us to be critical of them, but if we are self-aware, we may discover that we do a fair amount of murmuring ourselves.

It’s also important to note that there is a difference between reactive grumbling and proactively raising genuine concerns. Here is a blog post on that topic:

Manna

Crossing the Red Sea was an event, but eating manna in the wilderness became a way of life for the Israelites for forty years, a continual reminder of their reliance on God. The way manna was delivered taught important spiritual lessons, including our need for daily nourishment and the importance of keeping the sabbath day holy. Both Nephi and King Limhi reminded their people of manna immediately after mentioning the Red Sea. (See 1 Nephi 17:26-28, Mosiah 7:19.)

Moses summarized the lesson of the manna in this way: “Man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live” (Deuteronomy 8:3). And the Savior quoted that passage when Satan tempted Him to use His power to turn stones into bread (Matthew 4:1-4).

Here is a blog post about one lesson I’ve learned from manna: not to be a picky consumer of spiritual nourishment:

Two other blog posts relating to this week’s reading

2 thoughts on “Exodus 14-17: “Stand Still, and See the Salvation of the Lord” (April 4-10)

Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: