14 Then the Lord said to Moses,2 “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. 3 Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ 4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” So the Israelites did this.5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” 6 So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. 7 He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. 8 The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. 9 The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen[a] and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.
10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lordwhen I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”
19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land.The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He jammed[b] the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”
26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward[c] it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.
29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
Man I love this book it would really make a great, action-packed miniseries!!! Make a pot of coffee because this is long one 🙃!We open up with God telling the Israelites to go camp between Migdol and the Red Sea, you wouldn’t think that this was a very strategic battle move … yet it is a PERFECT place for God to show His power. That’s exactly what he does by the end of this chapter. Meanwhile, Pharaoh is back with his old spiritual battles again. I never should have done this! All our slaves are gone! Let’s gather up the best of our armies and go after them, God hardening his heart one last time because yeah… 😉 it’s ambush time!
Pastor Shawn said this morning both sides have short memories. The Egyptian‘s – they just went through nine plagues, lost their first born people and animals yet here they go again chasing after the Lord ready to go to battle. The Israelites see the Egyptian‘s coming and now they’re yelling at Moses (and God) again! Why did you bring us here? We’re all going to die… we were better off being slaves! We’re Trapped!!! They’re panicking and not trusting God.
We are always in spiritual battles right? I love you lord I believe you, my Lord why did you bring me here I’m going to die! I trust you Lord really I do, I am sooooo mad at you for this trial. Get away from me! I was like this a few weeks ago and then I realize and remember, God has his hand in EVERYTHING. You see my youngest (27) has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, yeah the ugly ‘C’ word. There’s never a good ‘C’ word to deal with it’s always scary. Then the doctor saying well unfortunately we think it’s in the lymph nodes let’s do some more tests, as me and my Prayer partners start praying intentionally, expectantly and reverently. Now we are Praising God as it has not spread and the doctors assumptions were wrong. 🙌 Praising God in the situation because as I look at the whole picture she had no warning signs. Her PCP saw a glimpse of something that was not right and had her pursue some tests which turned out to uncover this cancer that she has no symptoms of. Gods wisdom and discernment upon the doctor who went on a hunch and uncovered some thing that could’ve been turned into so much more had it gone undetected. Thyroid eviction day in a couple weeks. God is faithful.
God brings us to a breaking point so that he can bring us to our knees. Pastor Shawn said, what we cannot do for ourselves God can do for us”! back to our story…
Moses says STOP! Be Still! I can hear him shouting these words now … be patient! When we get to this point we need to compose ourselves and not panic. Stop grumbling God says I hear you and I’ve got a plan relax! When I’m done working through you my power will be seen and believed by ALL of you!
How often we lose confidence in God. Moses raise your staff over the sea so I can split it in two and make a way where there seems to be no way. As he does this the cloud and pillar move between the two armies. God always protects you and separates you from your enemy. Moses keep your arms up and do not let them fall, Stay strong! As that good old East wind comes to the rescue again parting the sea as it allows the Israelites to cross all night. They walk between two walls of water on dry land… Nope not one puddle. God does everything he needs to do. The next morning the Egyptians see what’s going on and follow the Israelites. God looks down and he confuses them and causes him to panic. He jams the wheels and chaos begins and at that point the Egyptians realize the Lord is helping Israel yet again … let’s get out of here! But it’s too late as Moses stretches his hand over the sea and God allows it to return to normal, Swallowing ALL The Egyptians, not leaving one enemy.
I am trusting and expectant that God will Destroy every cancer cell that my daughter has in her neck on that surgery day. Not allowing one to escape, not one.
Don’t allow your heart to be hardened like Pharoah.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
Psalms 20:7 NIV
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”
Proverbs 3:5 NIV
As you confront the enemy in your life remember God‘s got this!
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