GOD HEALS BITTER WATER
"When they came to Marah, they could not drink from the waters because they were bitter. On account of this it was called Marah"
(Exod. 15:23) TLV
The lessons that we can learn during the time between Passover and Pentecost are as beneficial to us today as they were to the ancient Hebrews in the Book of Exodus. Understanding the Feasts and the Hebrew months can bring great revelation and light to our lives and improvement to our ability to overcome adverse circumstances.
As highlighted in the last newsletter, we are now in the month of Iyar, also known as Ziv. Geographically, this was a transitional month for the children of Israel. This can be a transitional month for us spiritually, as we learn to focus entirely, even exclusively on the Word of God.
During this 2nd month, Ziv, the Israelites were led to a place of undrinkable, bitter waters. Instead of trusting Moses and his commission from God to lead them to adequate sustenance, they began to murmur and complain. Moses had, in fact, led the children of Israel to a place that would reveal what was in their hearts. What they recognized (saw) in the Water (bitterness) was also in them. " As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person. (Prov. 27:19). The water is a looking glass, accurately reflecting the "looker."
SIGNS THAT YOU MAY BE BITTER
"Bitterness can manifest itself in a number of ways, such as obsessive thoughts of revenge, resentment, sarcasm, self-righteousness, unkind or critical comments, conflicts with others, controlling behavior, aggressiveness in relationships, and hostility." (Clinton and Hawkins) 1
Merriam-Webster words related to being bitter are: resentful, acid, caustic, cutting, harsh, cruel, discontent, irritated, cynical.
The Apostle Paul gives instructions on becoming the ONE NEW MAN. He tells us to "Get rid of all bitterness and rage and anger and quarrelling and slander, along with malice" (Ep. 4:31). Each of us are personally responsible for getting rid of these things.
ANTIDOTE FOR BITTERNESS
The Word of God, when obeyed, brings healing to our bodies and souls. As we meditate on God's Word and learn to Focus, concentrate, and do It, we will experience transformation and healing. While meditating, the Holy Spirit will reveal the root issues that are keeping us in bondage to the spirit of bitterness. Forgiveness is the antidote for bitterness.
When the people murmured against Moses (Exod. 15:24), he cried unto the LORD. The LORD showed him a tree. The word "tree" in Hebrew is called "ets" (Strong's No. 6086). "Ets" comes from the root word "Atsah" (Strong's No. 6095)."Atsah" consists of the Hebrew letters: ayin, tsade, he. In the etymological dictionary of the Hebrew Bible, by Matityahu Clark, based on the commentaries of Samson Raphael Hirsch, he describes "Atsah" as CONCENTRATION. The inference is that you concentrate until you reach your goal. Moses was able to SEE the tree he was to throw into the bitter water, because his focus and concentration was on the face to face relationship with God. "But the one who looks intently into the perfect Torah, the Torah that gives freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts—he shall be blessed in what he does" (James 1:25). (TLV)
It was at Marah that the LORD challenged the Israelites with adverse conditions in order to test their faithfulness to Him. (Exod. 15:25). There, He revealed Himself to them as Jehovah Rapha, The LORD who heals. And He is still healing today.
May this season be the beginning of freedom from all forms of bondage that are keeping us from our destiny.
Blessings and hope,
(1). Clinton, Timothy E., Ronald E. Hawkins, The Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling. Eugene, Or. Harvest House, 2011. 180. Print