Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the LORD spoke to me…
I. IF WE DO NOT FOLLOW GOD'S PLAN, IF WE NEGLECT OUR DUTY, WE ARE LOSING TIME. The Israelites lost thirty years by disregarding the call of duty, and we too are always losing time when we obey not God's commands.
II. BY COMMANDING THE ISRAELITES TO LEAVE THE MOUNTAIN AND TURN NORTHWARD, GOD WAS TEACHING HIS PEOPLE THAT THERE IS NO BETTER DEFENCE TO A LIFE OF OBEDIENCE THAN LIFE ITSELF. It is evident that the children of Israel stayed by the mountain partly for purpose of self-defence.
III. By commanding the people to leave the mountains and turn northward, GOD WAS TEACHING THEM THAT THEIR WORK WAS NOT DONE UNTIL THEY HAD CONQUERED THEIR ENEMIES.
IV. GOD SAID, "TURN YOU NORTHWARD," FOR THAT WAS THE WAY TO CANAAN.
(J. L. Williams, B. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the LORD spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many days.