Saturday, April 9, 2016

Saturday - Exodus 14 - Deliverance, Despair & Devotion

The nation marched right up to the shore of the Red Sea. Bible maps imply that they were at the tip of the western finger of the Red sea at the Gulf of Suez. I have no argument with any archeological postulation concerning the location of these ancient spots, or with the route of the exodus itself... unless said information doesn't support Scripture. The fact is, the exodus route led through a section of the Red sea that was large enough and deep enough to stop the progress of the Jews and then to drown the Egyptian cavalry.

How quickly the Egyptians forgot the ten plagues that they had endured at the hand of Moses! Israel hadn't even exited the land proper before the Egyptians underwent a negative change of heart (Exodus 14:5) and decided to bring them back again. With 600 chariots Pharaoh gave chase in order to retrieve what he considered to be his property - the Jews.  And, when God's people saw the advancing army, they fell into despair (Exodus 14:11-12).   It was then that Moses uttered one of the greatest challenges in the holy record, "Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD" (Exodus 14:13). Were they ever going to see just that! God was going to fight for them on that day just as He had been doing and as He would be doing for a very long time (Exodus 14:14).

So, the "Guiding Light" that had led the people to the waterfront switched from leading to following and stood as a wall of defense between the Jews and their enemies that night. God told Moses to signal for the people to pluck up their camp and to proceed toward the water. Moses lifted his rod and literally parted the water that night by God's power so that the people walked on dry ground with walls of H20 on either side.  By what means this occurred, we do not have to wonder.  That night a fiendishly furious cyclone of some kind pushed the sea apart, stacked the water in frozen piles on either side of the path and dried out the sea bottom so that the nation of Israel could pass over.

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