So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters. (Exodus 15:22-27)
Today Morsel: During our last visit to Taiwan, our missionary friends took us to a tea plantation on the highest mountain in South East Asia. This was some very good tea. The tea owner said that they had won as the second best tea in the world. And that was because the first place was won by China, as they were the judges. When I looked at the tea plants, they all looked like hedge bushes that you grow around your homes. The tea is made from the leaves. Tea is good for you. There are many healing remedies that come from trees, bushes, and scrubs. God placed everything here upon the earth for our healing. We just need to study which ones and use them. When the children of Israel came to Marah, they couldn't drink the water. The Lord showed Moses a tree and he cast it into the waters and the waters were sweet and able to be drank. The angel told Ezekiel in Ezekiel 47, that the leaf of the trees shall be for medicine, "And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine" (Ezekiel 47:12). When John got a glimpse into heaven in Revelation 22, the angel told John that the leaves of the tree were for the healing of nations. "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations" (Revelation 22:1-2). Jesus said that He was the true vine and that we are the branches (John 15:1-5). Having an understanding of this, the leaves grow on the branches. When Jesus gave us the great commission, He said that we would lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:15-18). David said that we are to be like trees planted by the rivers of water (Psalms 1:1-4). Let me encourage you today: God has anointed you for a purpose; and that is to make the water sweet. When you preach the gospel, it is for the healing of nations, so make it sweet.
Sing: He's sweet I know, Jesus is sweet I know; storm clouds may rise, and strong winds may blow; but I'll tell the world, everywhere I go, that I've found my Savior, and He's sweet I know.