They…went three days journey…and camped at Marah” [Numbers 33:5]

In our last ‘stages’ we recognized the wilderness as a place of equipping and training, a place that is preparing us to claim the inheritance of God’s promises and become leaders in the Kingdom, but there is this important stage – you have to camp at Marah!  Marah means bitterness.

This is the ‘mirror’ image of the pool of Bethesda – the place of healing.  It’s the place where bitterness can either grow in leaps and bounds keeping you in bondage or be banished from your life forever!  Sooner or later everyone camps at Marah.  Relationships may become bitter or better – damaged or developed – broken or blossom to bear good fruit.

So what did Moses do at this stage?  He threw a branch into the water and it became sweet to drink.  Jesus Himself is the ‘branch’. [ref. Isa. 4:2; Jer. 23:5].  When the disciples asked Jesus for positions of leadership He said …are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink…” [Matt. 20:22].   Drinking the cup is descriptive of accepting the place of Marah as the Will of God in your life and responding with the attitude of Jesus Christ!

Further Reading:  Exodus 15:22-27,   Proverbs 10:-9, Ephesians 4:29-32