Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:¬† ‚ÄúSpeak to the children of Israel, that they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Zemphon; you shall camp before it by the sea.¬† For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‚ÄėThey are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in.‚Äô Then I will harden Pharaoh‚Äôs heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD.‚ÄĚ And they did so.Now 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, ‚ÄúWhy have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?‚ÄĚ So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him.¬† Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them. And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness.¬† So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zemphon.
And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. Then they said to Moses, ‚ÄúBecause there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‚ÄėLet us alone that we may serve the Egyptians‚Äô? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.‚ÄĚ
And Moses said to the people, ‚ÄúDo not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.‚ÄĚ
And the LORD said to Moses, ‚ÄúWhy do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.¬† But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.¬† And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen.¬† Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.‚ÄĚ
And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them.¬† So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.
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 into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh‚Äôs horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians.¬† And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, ‚ÄúLet us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.‚ÄĚ
Then the LORD said to Moses, ‚ÄúStretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.‚ÄĚ And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.¬† Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained.¬† 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.
So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Thus Israel saw the great work which the LORD had done in Egypt; so the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD and His servant Moses.
What does this passage tell us?
The Lord had already told Moses His plan for saving the Israelites.¬† It was a an awesome plan that would not only deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians, but it was also one that would bring Him glory.¬† The people were not aware of the plan that God had so they doubted¬† and were worried and they complained.¬† They thought they were stuck and had nowhere to go, but God had already made a road under the sea for them to walk on as they passed.
When they complained to Moses and he went to God to pray, the Lord told Him what he needed to do.¬† It was up to Moses to trust the Lord , encourage the people, and do what the Lord had directed Him to do.¬† God is always faithful to do just what He says He will do.¬† He became safety and shelter to His people and He rescued them from the hand of their enemies.
It is no different in our lives.¬† He wants us to trust Him, knowing that He will do just what He told us He would do.¬† We must remember that if we can’t see a way out of the situation, it doesn’t mean that the Lord hasn’t already made a way.
Questions to ask:
Is the Lord wanting to bring me out of a place of bondage, that I can’t see my way through?
What is my Egypt and who is the Pharaoh in my life?
Am I complaining because the plan of God makes no earthly sense to me?
Will I trust those who God has placed to lead me?
When the Lord tells me to move as He did Moses, will I have the faith in Him and His word enough to move?
The Word In Our Hearts
It is not always easy to trust God when He says move because we can’t see the road that He has made for us.¬† It may look like a dead end, but we must remember that God goes before us to lead us in paths of righteousness for His names sake.
Remember:¬† ‚ÄúDo not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.‚ÄĚ
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.”