The Separation and Crossing — Exodus 14:19-22

Exodus 14: 22 The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

 Picture Vv.19-21: Camp of Egypt & darkness | The Lord & pillar of fire | camp of Israel & light | Sea.  The Israelites were trapped between the Egyptians and the  Sea.

 The Lord had been leading them from in front of Israel but when they looked back He moved behind them to provide separation from the Pharaoh and his army in darkness. The Israelites were in the light looking out at the sea. Moses stretched his hand with staff over the sea and the Lord sent a strong east wind that swept the sea back dividing the waters and dried the sea bottom. Then Israel went on dry land between the walls of water across the sea.

The Hebrew word translated “wall” connotes a massive, high wall such as that surrounding a city in ancient times. Thus, God’s intervention to deliver His people was clearly miraculous in nature. The same God who opened the sea for the Israelites continues to make a way for His Disciples today. He often leads us through—not around—all kinds of obstacles and troubles. A

 What causes us to doubt God’s delivering power even when we have plenty of evidence of His leading and protecting acts? What is the relationship between faith and obedience? Can you have one without the other?

Notes: A- The Lord protected Israel from the Egyptians. Here are other examples of the Lord’s protection: Hezekiah prayers for protection from Assyria &185,000 warriors killed 2 Kings 18:13,33, 19:1,15-19,35 ; Elijah protected from Jezebel  1 Kings 19:1-8 ; Army of God protects Elisha 2 Kings 6:8-23 ; individual promises: Deuteronomy 31:6 ; Isaiah 40:31 ; 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 ; John 10:28-29 ; Psalm 1:1-3, 23, 46:1-2, 91, 121:1-2; Isaiah 43:1-2 ;

 Henry Luke 9/27/2017

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