by Ivor Powell

Moses...Who Was Shown a Special Tree
Ivor Powell
Exodus 15:23-25

People who love trees discover the Bible is an entrancing book; the Scriptures mention various species. There was Deborah's oak (Gen. 35:8), the palm tree of Deborah (Judg. 4:5), and many others. Heathen nations worshipped trees and during times of decadence the children of Israel also placed idols in selected groves. The law said, "He that is hanged is accursed of God" (Deut. 21:23). This was particularly true of Absalom, whose long hair held him in the branches of a tree until Joab's servants slew the renegade prince (2 Sam. 18:15). When God planted the first garden He included special trees, which were known as the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen. 2:9).

John, describing the wonders of the New Jerusalem, spoke of the tree which produced twelve kinds of fruit and yielded a harvest every month (see Rev. 22:2). Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus (see Luke 19:4). Elijah, who fled from Jezebel, sat down under a juniper tree (see 1 Kings 19:4). The Lord, who cursed the fruitless fig tree (see Matt. 21:19), was Himself nailed to a tree (see Acts 5:30). The Jewish people were forbidden to destroy the fruit trees of their enemies (see Deut. 20:19), but perhaps the most amazing tree mentioned in the Bible was the unnamed species that helped Israel to survive during the journey from Egypt to Canaan.

A Crushing Problem . . . "They found no water"

"So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, . . . and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water" (Exod. 15:22). The immense multitude had safely crossed the Red Sea, and was proceeding on the journey to the Promised Land. Traveling at a speed of twelve miles per day, they walked approximately thirty-six miles through the scorching heat of the desert and failed to find water. Probably the people brought supplies from Egypt, but the swiftly diminishing contents of the water skins were causing an ...

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