And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. Exodus 14:1-3
Remember God is with the Israelites, every step and every moment. Even though they are going through the Wilderness, God didnt abandon or forsake them! In fact God is leading and guiding their path to safety.
When the Israelites were instructed to turn around and go a different way, there was probably a lot of grumbling and confusion. The Israelites didn’t know what God knew, therefore they probably thought this was foolishness. But remember God knows the beginning and the end, His ways are higher than our ways, lean not on your own understanding
And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? Exodus 14:4-5
Theres a Proverb that says “As a dog returns to its vomit, a fool returns to it foolishness” (Proverbs 26:11) This reminds me of Pharaoh, after all the Plagues , after all the times Pharaoh repented, he keeps returning to his vomit. He keeps returning to his old ways and looking to persecute the Israelites. But God once again is going to use Pharaoh to reveal his power and glory!
And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them. And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. Exodus 14:6-8
Again Pharaoh never learns his lesson, and this lesson again is going to be catastrophic for the nation of Egypt. You would think Pharaoh and the Egyptians would come to their senses after they suffered the loss of their firstborn and the devastation of their land and economy. But this is what sin does to people, it blinds you even as its destroying you
But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon. And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. Exodus 14:9-10
However looking at things in the natural, looking at things from the Israelites perspective at this moment, the Israelites look doomed. This large Egyptian army with horses and chariots and closing in on them. And the Egyptians are mad and looking for revenge. The Israelites know if the Egyptians get a hold of them, they will slaughter all of them
And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. Exodus 14:11-12
Even after Moses through God freed them from slavery, what was their response? They were bitter towards Moses saying “You brought us out into the Wilderness to die” They even want to serve the Egyptians again as slaves rather than be free
Again its like a Dog going back to its vomit. Slavery was easier for the Israelites because thats what they knew. God promised them salvation but He didnt promise them an easy life. This is the same for us CHristians, you were freed from the slavery of Sin and Death by Christ. Jesus never promised an easy life but he promised salvation. The Christian Walk or the Wilderness, is not going to be easy, dont turn back to your own vomit during the hard times
And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:13-14
Moses responds with the promises of God! Dont be afraid and see the Salvation of God! This is the same promise we can hold to today. Hold your peace and God will fight for you! Meaning stop complaining and grumbling and have some real faith!
In the next event, were going to see the salvation and glory of God revealed! Amen!