Worship and Warfare, Part III
Then 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 into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. Exodus 14:21,22
With the armies of Egypt held at bay by the pillar of fire, God made a way for the children of Israel to cross over to the other side of the Red Sea. Unlike the Hollywood epics, you just don't move three and a half million people in the blink of an eye, or their livestock, also numbered in the millions. The most miraculous evacuation ever on the planet was taking place while God was holding a formidable force of warriors back by the power of His Spirit!
Keep in mind these people had been in slavery for four hundred thirty years and had just experienced a catastrophic series of events that devastated Egypt, killing thousands while they looked on. Traumatized to say the least, fearful that their new found freedom was about to end, but joyful as they saw the mighty hand of God make a way through the sea, they marched on. With a wall of water on each side they must have been in awe at the sight of literally tons of water standing erect as they walked on dry land to the other side into the wilderness. As they approached the bank and began to exit the sea the Egyptian army was again pursuing them until God lifted His hand and the walls of water collapsed drowning the Egyptians.
The greatest series of events ever to be wrought by God in the history of the world had just been experienced by a people who had been in the grip of bondage, enslaved to a cruel pagan society that had no regard for them or for human life in general were delivered from their captivity in a matter of days. This story should spark hope and build our faith that our God is capable of accomplishing anything for us by His mighty power and nothing is impossible for Him. The people of Israel had every reason to praise and worship this awesome God for this great deliverance brought about by His Spirit as they assembled in the wilderness to face the trials of the desert.
The Lord is my strength and song. And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father's God and I will praise Him. The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is His name. Pharaoh's chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; his chosen captains also drowned in the Red Sea. The depths have covered them; they sank to the bottom like a stone. Exodus 15:2-5
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin