by Lenny Ports

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Grace Revealed in Old Testament (3 of 4)
Series: The Grace of God
Lenny Ports

Grace is God's unmerited favor upon our lives. The Bible says that:

Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Moses also found grace in God's sight.

Key Verse:

Exodus 33:16 "For how will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us?"

This story takes place in the book of Exodus which is the book written of the Exodus of the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, delivered through the Red Sea, and on their way to the Promised Land."

Let me give you the background of this story. They have come through the Red Sea, a glorious victory over their enemies. On the way to the Promised Land, they must walk through the wilderness. So the people were thirsty and when they came upon the waters of Marah but they were bitter.

23 "Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore, the name of it was Marah. 24 And the people complained against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?" 25 So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet."

Moses cried out to the Lord, what are we going to do, and the Lord showed him a tree, and when he cast the tree into the waters, the waters were made sweet. This speaks of the cross, the tree that is put into the bitter waters of our lives. The bitterness that comes from lost dreams, and people who betray us, and expectations not met, the bitter waters of a bad past, and parents that wounded us and employers that fired us, and spouses that left us, and teachers that failed us. All the bitter waters of life that are sour when we drink of them are made sweet when the tree is cast into the bitter waters, when the cross is applied on which hung the Savior that paid the price for sin, shame, resentment and bitterness. When we apply the cross to those that have hurt us and we forgi ...

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