Homilies on Genesis and Exodus

By Ronald E. Heine; Origen | Go to book overview
Save to active project

HOMILY VII
On the bitterness of the water of Mara

AFTER THE CROSSING OF THE RED SEA and the secrets of the magnificent mystery, after dances and tambourines, after triumphant hymns, they come to Mara. The water of Mara, however, was bitter and the people could not drink it. Why, then, after marvels so numerous and so magnificent are the people of God led to bitter waters and the danger of thirst? For the text says, "And the sons of Israel came to Mara and were not able to drink the water of Mara because it was bitter. For this reason the name of that place was called bitterness"1 But what is added after this? " Moses," the text says, "called to the Lord and the Lord showed him a tree and he threw it into the water and the water became sweet. And there," the text says, "the Lord established ordinances and precepts for him."2 There, where there was bitterness; there, where there was thirst, and what is worse, thirst in the presence of an abundance of water; there "God established ordinances and judgments for them."3 Was there not another place more worthy, more fit, more fruitful, than that place of bitterness?

In addition, the statement, "The Lord showed him a tree, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet,"4 is very strange. Why should God show Moses a tree which he should throw into the water to make it sweet? It is as if God had not been able to make the water sweet without the tree. Or did Moses not know about the tree, that God should show it to him? But we must see what beauty the inner meaning holds in these words.

____________________
1
Ex 15.23.
2
Ex 15.25.
3
Ex 15.25.
4
Ex 15.25.

-300-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Homilies on Genesis and Exodus
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 440

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?