Monday, January 22, 2018

Exodus 14: 1- 12

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “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. Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ 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.

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!” So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen 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!”

 

God revealed some details of His plan to Moses. I don’t recall ever getting that much information. No glimpse into what someone would think or do, or whose hearts would be hardened. What I have is the Holy Spirit to guide me one small step at a time and a lifetime of full of experiences where I can look back and see God working on my behalf. Like the Poem Footprints in the Sand,” You were always with me.” This gives me the faith and courage to trust God when I’m tempted to complain in the desert as the Israelites did.

Even Moses didn’t know beforehand the great miracle of parting the sea that would take place. This miracle was perfectly planned and executed. It not only freed the Israelites and destroyed the Egyptian army that pursued them, but it validated Moses as leader and protector of the people. God didn’t need Moses to raise his hand to part the sea. God can do that whenever he chooses. He needed the people to see Moses do it in order to boost their confidence in Him as a leader and unite them through this amazing experience.

 

Prayer

Lord God, Thank you for your constant presence in my life through your Holy Spirit. Thank you for your Holy Word that shows us your character and your indescribable love. You have reminded me again and again, when I grow impatient waiting for an answer to prayer you are still working out the details in the situation so that every aspect can fall in line with your will. Lord, I praise you for the ways that you have freed me from the bondage of my past and removed barriers that would prevent me from moving forward. I pray, Lord, that my life bring glory and honor to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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