THE CROSSING OF THE RED SEA.
The children of Israel travelled north-east from Succoth. They moved at the edge of the desert and camped near Etham. God and at His own will led the people with a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day. The fire ignited in front of their eyes and rose toward the heavens.
It did not go out, but slowly moved at the pace of an old woman. When daylight came the large cloud that sheltered them from the hot sun led them by day.
Moses had lived in the dessert for forty years, so he was well acquainted with Nomadic ways.
Israel stopped and camped near the sea on the east and another border near Fort Midgol some distance on the west.
While Israel was encamped, one of the people happened to notice a puff of dust rising in the air in the far distance. “Soldiers!” she thought,
“No that wouldn’t happen, They were glad to see us leave.”
The next day more people saw dust ascending into the air and tiny flashing, then another flash! .. another!
Metal reflecting sunlight!
Now it seemed to them, the earth was trembling. And that metal, it was weapons! The sun was striking helmets and spearheads and the bright sides of chariots!
The people cried, “Egypt! Egypt! The soldiers are coming to get us, Oh God!”
Panic spread throughout the camp.
The yellow dust stretched like a curtain across the west, but the east was blocked by water.
They found Moses and screamed at him,”Why did you bring us here, to kill us? Were there not enough graves in Egypt to bury us?”
Moses tuned his back on the accusers, then turned to all the people, “Silence! Be still! Dont try to fight them’ Israel.”
“Do nothing at all . The Lord will fight for you this day.”
They shouted back, do nothing?” Do
nothing at all?” Man !!
“Yes” Moses replied, “You do not need to do a thing, you need only too .. “STAND STILL AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD!”
This is what you and l should do, when we are in an impossible situation .. Let the Lord fight for you.
But some of us act impulsively and do not seek the Lord’s help.
Do you want to take the risk of faith or have the security of slavery?
Moses believed God, yet he had no idea of how God would do it, yet he did know, that God ‘never fails’!
The Egyptians kept coming …..
Please read Cpt 14:15-31. This escape from Egypt now comes to climactic event of rescue.
See verse 17 and look at the statement of God. “My Great Glory.”
The Hebrew word translated glory (kabod) denotes, weightyness, significance and reality.
God Demonstrates His Power and Authority over one of the greatest military powers on earth.
He produced a supernaturally guided wind to blow across the shallow of water, and change its depth dramatically.
Then He produced walls of water on each side of the Israelites and dry ground under foot! Such miraculous power of our God.
The Lord can intervene in nature. Aside from that, there is ‘no mother nature’ He can do with it as He wishes.
You can pray against the destruction of TORNADOES, FIRE AND FLOODS AND EARTHQUAKES, any natural disaster, and He will protect you. Jesus stilled the storm!
The Israelites now dumbfounded could say or do nothing, but follow instructions to cross the Red Sea. Moses was the last to go.
The Egyptians could see where the Israelites were crossing through the sea on dry ground and at each side there were huge walls of water lurking over them. So they cracked their whips, and furiously rode into the sea.
Moses climbed the far side and stretched out his Rod again, and the wind ceased!
The waters were released and collapsed upon the Egyptians. They were in a world- wind of foam and sank in a jubilation of waves that surged in upon them.
Wood only floated to the surface. Here and there a horse beat the water screaming. But heavy armour held the soldiers under.
The Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians.
Then Miriam, older than Moses and Aaron, took a timbrel and began to sing praises of worship, other women joined her with singing and dancing laughing and crying at the same time. There was sheer joy on the the faces of the redeemed of the Lord.
The song is divided into three stanzas.
Cpt 15:1-5. 6:6-12,13-18.
The first stanza .. rejoices in the Lord’s personal rescue of Moses and his people.
The second stanza .. exalts the great contrast between the Lord and the Egyptians.
The third stanza .. reflects upon what these events would mean in the future.
THE SONG. (Paraphrased)
OH SING UNTO THE LORD,
FOR HE HAS TRIUMPHED GLORIOUSLY.
THE HORSE AND THE RIDER,
HE HAS THROWN INTO THE SEA!
THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH,
MY GOD AND MY FATHER’S GOD, THE SAME.
AND HE WHO IS SALVATION,
HAS GIVEN ME HIS NAME.
HIS NAME IS THE LORD.
I WILL EXALT HIM DAY AND NIGHT!
FOREVER I WILL PRAISE HIM DAY AND NIGHT,
FOREVER I WILL PRAISE HIM,
WITH ALL MY MIGHT.