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Worship and Warfare, Part II

I will sing unto the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and rider He has thrown into the sea! Exodus 15:1

    The children of Israel were suffering greatly in Egypt, enslaved to toil under the harsh oversight of Egyptian rule for hundreds of long and painful years. Thousands had died with no hope of a deliverer when all of a sudden Moses appeared on the scene to fulfill the long awaited prophecy that God was about to set His people free!

    Imagine the fear that welled up within the hearts of the people when the plagues and pestilence began to fall upon the Egyptian people, bringing death and destruction and the anguish they suffered when Pharaoh refused to let them go and multiplied their bondage by forcing them to make bricks without supplying straw. It all looked hopeless when God spoke one more time and had His people kill a lamb for each household and smear the blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would pass over as he destroyed the firstborn of the Egyptians. As a great cry arose in Egypt, mourning over the loss of their firstborn and even Pharaoh's son died in the slaughter, it was time for the children of Israel to be released into the wilderness.

    The people of God were about to experience worship and warfare as they readied themselves to make their way to the Red sea with the armies of Egypt in hot pursuit. It is estimated that three and a half million people and their livestock were led out of Egypt to the desert wastes of the wilderness on that day with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire at night to guide them and so they camped by the sea in fear for their lives from the approaching armies of Egypt.

    And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation (deliverance) of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. For the Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." Exodus 14:13,14

Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin