Exodus 15: Murmuring, Part 1

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 48


How do you express happiness and gratitude? What do you do to show the Lord how you feel? Exodus 15 tells how the Israelites wrote and sang a song to the Lord after their miraculous escape at the Red Sea. Not long after their deliverance, the children of Israel experienced another challenge. Read Exodus 15:22–27 to find out how they faced this next challenge.

Understanding the Scriptures

Exodus 15:22–27

Murmured (v. 24)Complained 
Ordinance (v. 25)Law 
Statute (vv. 25–26)Commandment 
Proved (v. 25)Tested 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A–C as you study Exodus 15.

Activity A iconWhat Is Your Favorite Hymn?

When the Israelites were happy and grateful they sang to the Lord. Which hymn helps you feel closer to God? Explain why. Use the lyrics of the hymn in your explanation.

Activity B iconWhat Are You Going to Do about It?

  1. 1.

    Read Exodus 15:22–27 and compare what the people did and what Moses did when they realized there was no water.

  2. 2.

    What can you learn from the different ways Moses and the people responded to this challenge?

Activity C iconOptional Activity

Read Exodus 15:22–27 and Alma 36:17–21 and explain what spiritual meaning the physical experience at Marah could have.