The Setting– Exodus 14:13-18

  Exodus 14:13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.

I believe the presence of God led the Israelites between 60 and 150 miles to a branch of the Red Sea and they looked behind and here comes Pharaoh with his army. Understandably they were fearful after leaving Egypt and following God to see danger again. But Moses said to them “fear not” one of the most common expressions in the Bible. Moses said “Stand by” or wait quietly and firmly the Lord’s mighty rescue.

Then the Lord said v.15 “Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.” Sometime we are to wait and others to go forward. God promises to gives us guidance for the short and long term, A that His Word contains every thing required for life and holiness, B and that the Holy Spirit lives within every Disciple to provide guidance and help in understanding God’s Word. C  

 V.14 The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”  We are to wait until we get an answer and in the meantime Jesus is fighting for us.

Vv.16-17 God has instructions for [1] Moses to use his staff to divide the sea in front of them so the Israelites can walk over on dry ground and [2] God will harden D  the hearts of the Egyptians so they will follow them in and God will cause the water to close over them. God received glory as the Egyptians will know that God is the Lord.

The directions given by God were a call to trust Him. God’s provisions always require faith.

We are to stop and go based on His directions today. You say I receive no answer–keep asking and trusting God one day at a time–fear not, stay in the Word, worship and pray. Silence may be either no, wait awhile or I have something better for you.

Notes: A- Psalm 119:105; B- 2 Peter 1:3; C- John 16:13  , Daily Decision Making D- For “Harden, hardened, stubborn” used in 20 verses in Exodus and what this means. Click here.

Henry Luke 9/26/2017

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