Exodus 14

Exodus 14 has the Israelites coming out of the wilderness to the Red Sea.  God has a plan to save them, which is why He sent them the way He did.  But it isn’t over yet.  God tells Moses “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them….I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord”.  That doesn’t sound like a great plan – having the armies of Pharaoh coming after them.  But that is exactly what happened as “the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed”.

Pharaoh “took six hundred chosen chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them”.  He realized that he had let his workforce go, and that was a bad plan.  So he took off to chase them down and “overtook them encamped at the sea”.  It wasn’t a fair match.  Pharaoh and his army chasing the people of Israel moving their entire community of men, women, children and livestock.  “When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly”.

They quickly forgot that they were set free because of the power of God and the plague on the firstborn.  They took their eyes off the Creator and got caught up in the circumstances around them.  And believe it or not, they blamed Moses.  “’Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians….it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness”.  Short memory we have a humans.  But Moses says “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today….the Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent”.

God gave Moses the answer to this dilemma.  They were pinned against the sea.  But God says “Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground”.  He did, God splits the waters and the people walk across on dry ground.  Another miracle.  Of course the Egyptians take off after them following them into the waters.  They would have easily caught the Israelites but God has it well in hand.  He “threw the Egyptian forces into a panic” and they can’t keep moving their heavy equipment forward.  Then God closes the chapter and “Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared” and the Egyptians were all swallowed up so “not one of them remained”.  God did His work and fulfilled His promise.  He got glory and set His people free.

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