And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. Exodus 14:15-16
Today we are going to take a look at one of the greatest events in the Bible, the parting of the Red Sea. I love how God responds to Moses here “Why are you crying to me, Go forward” ! Sometimes we need a little push , this is what God did for Moses and the Israelites, He encouraged them to instead of sitting there in fear, have faith and believe in God
But also notice God gave them the instructions of what to do! God didnt just blindly send them into the wilderness, He had a plan and a solution, they just needed to faith to follow Gods plan!
And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. Exodus 14:17-18
The entire Egyptian army was pursuing the Israelites and they were mad. God hardened their hearts and they were looking to destroy the Israelites but God was going to use this moment for his glory! A moment that will be remembered forever!
And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. Exodus 14:19-20
Whenever we see the “Angel of God” or Angel of The Lord” this is Jesus Christ. The word Angel also means Messenger. Christ was with the Israelites as they traveled through the Wilderness. Christ is with You also!
And 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 dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Exodus 14:21-22
By faith Moses listened to God , stretched out his hands and God parted the Red Sea. Logically this miracle makes no sense to us, but God is revealing his power and glory through this moment.
By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. Hebrews 11:29
And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, Exodus 14:23-24
Notice who is actually fighting the Egyptians, its Yahweh not the Israelites. Just as Moses said earlier “ Stand still and the Lord will fight for you” That’s exactly what God is doing right now!
And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Exodus 14:25-27
The Egyptians realized they were fighting against God, but it was too late! And when they tried to turn back, God is closing the Red Sea upon them. The Israelites defeated the Egyptians without doing anything except having faith in God!
And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses. Exodus 14:31
The ending was exactly as God prophesied, this was all for His glory! Once the Israelites saw how God parted the Red Sea and wiped out the Egyptian Army, they believed and feared God!
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 1 Corinthians 10:1-2
The Apostle Paul gives us more insight into this event, The Red Sea was not only a victory for the Israelites , but like a symbolic baptism! By faith the Israelites were saved just as we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ Amen!