Some of you, our readers, might be wondering why I am writing this and last month’s article in the way that I am doing. So let me explain. I never write anything for Thy Kingdom Come unless I get an inspiration from above, and this time the Lord laid it on me to write about this train ride on the lighter side and by doing so bring some humor to the facts. So bear with me as we continue our journey.
Last month we travelled from the time of Adam right through the time in Egypt and we are now starting our ride at the time of the Exodus. God had provided a strong and righteous man by the name of Moses to lead the Israelites on the next part of their arduous journey. After Pharaoh had been persuaded, through some severe plagues, to let the children of Israel go, Moses and the Israelites boarded the first available history train, the Sinai Express, and headed out. But instead of heading east and then north which was the shortest way, God directed them south, because He did not want them to go through the land of the warlike Philistines and also because this trip south was going to be a learning experience, which we will see a little later on. So off they went, but it soon became apparent that they were being followed, for after everything that had happened, Pharaoh had a change of heart. So, in fear they travelled on until they came upon a large body of water and it was there that their angst really came to the fore.
Now after Moses had consulted with the Father, he, Moses, got them all across without even getting their feet wet, but the Egyptians were not nearly as fortunate, for they all drowned. So, on they went into the Sinai Desert. It soon became apparent that this was not going to be an easy trip, for at first they couldn’t find good drinking water, and soon after they ran out of food. It was at this time that the first catering service was instituted, for God supplied them with bread (manna), and meat (quail) right on their doorstep day by day. And on they went, and soon they were again without water and the folks were getting pretty outraged. Here again Moses checked with the higher authority and was told to gather all the people together and then to strike the rock with his staff, from which water then issued in plenty. It is my belief that that rock was Jacob’s pillow-stone, or Jacob’s Pillar (Gen. 28:18), the same stone or rock that is still known today as the Coronation Stone that has been used for the crowning of many a British Monarch.