25 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test. 26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.” 27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.
Elim, the land of twelve springs and seventy palm trees! What is missing in this picture? The Israelites are no longer grumbling! After all, they are in the land of 12 springs and 70 seventy palm trees. Plenty of water and plenty of shade!
Nothing wrong with 12 springs and 70 palm trees…after all, doesn’t this remind you of Psalm 23?
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Both of these passages reminds us that our Loving Father gives His children seasons of 12 springs, 70 palm trees, and green pastures. But He also allows us seasons of the wilderness experience.
Psalm 23 tells us that David was well acquainted with the wilderness experience for his soul needed restoring, he was walking through the valley of the shadow of death, was in need of comfort, he had enemies and yet Psalm 23 does not speak one word of a grumble. Instead David speaks faith, “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”