In chapter 14 the story of the parting of the Red Sea happens. It's an example of how powerful God is yes, but it's also another example of how quick people seem to forget that fact. God had just did all these plaques, allowed the Israelites to plunder the Egyptians, and lead them through the wilderness with pillars of cloud and fire, yet now they see pharaoh and his army they don't believe God will save them. How often do we act the same way? God gets us through a difficult situation and we are all like "Praise God!" then the next circumstance happens and we are like "Oh no! We are so screwed!" We need to instead think God you got me through the other situation. I am trusting you to lead me through what is happening now, no matter what things may look like in the natural!
The song of Moses in chapter 15 celebrates what God just did at the Red Sea and in verses 13-18 speak on how in this moment the Israelites believe that God will get them through all the other nations and take them to the promised land. If they stayed confident in that truth their journey may not have been so rough and they would have gotten to live in the promised land. Let's learn from them and not forget where God has taken us from and hold onto the promises He has given us to where we are going.
15:27 "Then they came to Elim where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water." This verse being so specific about how many springs and trees made me think there had be a reason. With guidance from the Holy Spirit and some research this is what I came up with. In the Old Testament, the twelve springs stand fo the twelve tribes of Israel. Seventy trees represent two things. First, in Genesis 46:27 it states that seventy was the amount of people from Jacob's home to go to Egypt. The second is in Numbers 11:16 the Lord has Moses select seventy men to be Elders over Israel. In the New Testament, Jesus had twelve apostles that in Luke 9 he sends out with nothing materialistic only the clothes on them and they were to proclaim the Gospel and heal those they encountered. Then a chapter later in Luke 10 Jesus sends out seventy (some manuscripts say seventy two) more with just clothes they had on also to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal. These seem to fit with the fact in Exodus 15:26 God says, "I am the Lord, your healer."