-The miraculous Red Sea crossing is narrated in this amazing chapter of Scripture. Pharaoh assembled his army in defiance of all God had done to release His people, and they embarked on a quest to bring back their slave labor force even after all the plagues and destruction. However, a key reiteration is made several times through the chapter with God speaking, “I will be honored through Pharaoh (Exodus 14:4, 17, 18).” God is not mocked and only He in the end will receive the glory and honor because of His great power (Galatians 6:7).
-The people were naturally afraid of the advancing army against them. They were indecisive and skeptical about the situation. This is where Moses’ leadership was incredible. He told them not to fear but to stand by and see the salvation of the LORD (Exodus 14:13). “The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent (Exodus 14:14).” They only had to trust in the LORD; it was not by their own might or power (Zechariah 4:6). God sent His angel behind the camp to divide the parties, and He sent a strong east wind all night, which dried up the sea so that they could cross on dry land towards safety with a wall of water on their right hand and on their left. *Application* How many times in life do we feel trapped like there is no way out of a particular situation and no possible solution to a dilemma. God can make streams in the dessert and dry land to walk across when your back is against the wall (Isaiah 44:3-4). He can make a way where there is no hope at all. Trust in Him with whatever circumstance you find yourself in today!
-The LORD sent confusion amongst the Egyptians as they pursued their enemies into the Red Sea, and their chariot wheels swerved making driving difficult. They realized they were in over their heads as the LORD was fighting for the sons of Israel. But, before they could retreat Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the water returned killing the entire Egyptian army. “Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. When Israel saw the great power which the LORD had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in His servant Moses (Exodus 14:30-31).” *Application* Here are the two great biblical principles that lead us to salvation and knowing the LORD. Fear the LORD; this is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). This is reverential awe of His power. He is ultimately in control and we are called to submit to His authority, which is kind and just. Secondly, belief in the LORD is essential. Without faith it is impossible to please God “for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).”
Verses to Memorize: Exodus 14:14, 31