Exodus 15.27 – Seventy palm trees

As Israel journeyed, Moses noted,

“Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters” (Exodus 15.27).

Initially, this appears to be merely incidental; the place where they stopped had twelve wells of water and there were seventy palm trees there, So what? someone says, but if it was purely incidental, why did Moses tell us the number of wells and the number of palm trees?

To me, it is interesting that the twelve tribes of Israel stopped at a place where there were twelve wells of water, and evidently it caught the attention of Moses enough that he noted it in Scripture, and the Holy Spirit allowed him to make that note.

In the same regard, it is compelling that when the family of Israel went to Egypt, they numbered seventy, and then as they left Egypt, they stopped at a place where seventy palm trees grew, along with the twelve wells of water.

Certainly this shows the hand of God in the travels of Israel in the wilderness!

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