|Exodus 14 |
1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
2 "Tell the children of Israel to turn back and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the Red Sea, opposite Baalzephon; you shall encamp before it by the Red Sea.
3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, 'They are wandering around in the land, the wilderness has shut them in.'
4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, so that he will pursue them, and I will gain great repute over Pharaoh and all his host, so that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD." And they did so.
5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled; and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people, and they said, "What have we done? We have let Israel go from serving us!"
6 So he made ready his chariot and took his army with him,
7 And took six hundred chosen chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them.
8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel, for the children of Israel went out with boldness.
9 So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh and his horsemen and his army, and overtook them encamped by the Red Sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.
10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel looked up, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and the children of Israel were very afraid and they cried out to the LORD.
11 And they said to Moses, "Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt so with us, and brought us out of Egypt?
12 Did we not tell you in Egypt, saying, 'Leave us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians?' For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness."
13 And Moses said to the people, "Fear not, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.
14 The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and keep silent."
15 And the LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry to me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.
16 But lift you up your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the children of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry ground.
17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them, and I will gain great repute over Pharaoh and all his host, over his chariots and his horsemen.
18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD when I have gained great repute over Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen."
19 And the angel of God who went before the camp of Israel moved and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before them and stood behind them,
20 Coming between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. It was a cloud and darkness to the Egyptians, but it gave light by night to the children of Israel; so that the one did not come near the other all that night.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land; and the waters were divided.
22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
23 And the Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
24 Now it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked down on the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
25 And jammed their chariot wheels, so that they drove heavily; and the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians."
26 And the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and their horsemen."
27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its strength when the morning appeared, while the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
28 Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that pursued them; not one of them remained alive.
29 But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
31 And when Israel saw that great work that the LORD did upon the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and believed the LORD and his servant Moses.1
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1 That day they feared the Lord and believed; and one would think they would never doubt the Lord again. But they not only doubted the Lord, they forgot their fear of the Lord; they complained, they revolted, and they challenged Moses. But the worst was that they refused to enter the promised land to conquer its ungodly inhabitants; even though the Lord had promised them that He would fight for them, and even though they had been very successful against some other foes in the interim. It is like the people of Israel were saying to God: "Don't tell me what you did for me yesterday; how can we be sure about you, God, that you will do what you say to me today?" It is hard to believe from here and now; I guess you had to be there. I only saw the movie The Ten Commandments, where the Red Sea parting and the destruction of the Egyptian host was depicted; resulting in that I have no doubt of his power to do whatever he says he will do. Today the greatest demonstration of his power is to see him remove the sin from you; to see him make you different; to see him change you to steadily to become more patient, more kind, more gentle, more peaceful, more loving, less angry, less dishonest, and less enslaved to lusts and passions. These changes come from being obedient to what you hear him command you to do, from what he convicts you of, from what you regret, and then from what he takes out of your heart.
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