against their gods
devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2361
Num 33:1 These are the phases of the people of Israel, when they went out of the land of Egypt by their companies, being guided by Moses and Aaron.
Num 33:2 Moses wrote down their starting places, phase by phase, by command of Yahveh, and these are their phases according to their starting places.
Num 33:3 They set out from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month. On the day after the Passover, the people of Israel went out triumphantly in the sight of all the Egyptians,
Num 33:4 while the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn, whom Yahveh had struck down among them. Yahveh also executed judgments against their gods .
Num 33:5 So the people of Israel set out from Rameses and camped at Succoth.
Num 33:6 And they set out from Succoth and camped at Etham, which is on the edge of the desert.
Num 33:7 And they set out from Etham and turned back to Pi-hahiroth, which is east of Baal-zephon, and they camped in the sight of Migdol.
Num 33:8 And they set out from where Hahiroth could be seen and passed through the midst of the sea into the desert, and they went a three days’ journey in the desert of Etham and camped at Marah.
Num 33:9 And they set out from Marah and came to Elim; at Elim there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they camped there.
Num 33:10 And they set out from Elim and camped by the Red Sea.
Num 33:11 And they set out from the Red Sea and camped in the desert of Sin.
Num 33:12 And they set out from the desert of Sin and camped at Dophkah.
Num 33:13 And they set out from Dophkah and camped at Alush.
Num 33:14 And they set out from Alush and camped at Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.
Num 33:15 And they set out from Rephidim and camped in the desert of Sinai.
against their gods
Moses got out his travel record and reviewed all the phases that the Israelites went through. These verses record the travel from Egypt to Sinai, where the ten commandments were given. Moses notes particularly that the deliverance in Egypt was not just to free the Israelites, but it was also a series of judgments against the Egyptian gods.
Many times in our lives we are going to go through experiences that we cannot account for. It will be helpful for us to remember during those times that God is at work, but his work involves more than we see.
LORD, teach us to trust you, even when we cannot understand what you are doing.