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February 6th, Exodus 13-15: The LORD parts the Red Sea

When we last saw the Israelites, Pharaoh had finally let God’s people go. The LORD told Moses that every firstborn, whether man or animal, was to be consecrated in His name. They were to eat unleavened bread for seven days, and when their sons asked them why they were doing all of this, it would be remind them that the LORD had brought them out of Egypt.

When Pharaoh let the Israelites go, the LORD did not lead them through the land of the Philistines even though that was the shorter route because He knew that the people would turn around and run back to Egypt if faced with an early confrontation. So God led people around by the desert to the Red Sea, or Sea of Reeds.

Moses took the bones of Joseph with him to fulfill the oath the sons of Israel had made long ago.

The LORD led them by a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night. Neither cloud left its place in front of the people.

Then the LORD told Moses to tell the Israelites to camp by the sea. God was going to harden Pharaoh’s heart once more and have him send his army to kill the Israelites.

The king of Egypt had remorse over freeing the Hebrews, so he decided to send his army out and chase after them.

Exodus 14:10 says
“10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

O ye of little faith.

Moses pleaded with the people not to be afraid, and to stand firm. And so Moses raised his staff at the LORD’s behest, and the Sea of Reeds parted. The Israelites walked across on dry ground, while Pharaoh’s army got stuck and eventually flooded to death.

Moses and the Israelites sang a joyful, praising song to the Lord, and Miriam added a chorus for good measure.

Moses then led Israel from the Sea of Reeds into the Desert of Shur, where they traveled for three days without finding water. They could not drink the water at Marah because it was bitter (which is why it is called Marah).

The people grumbled, wondering what on earth they were going to drink. Moses cried out to the LORD, who showed Moses a piece of wood which he threw into the water, and the water became sweet.

Then the LORD made a decree and tested His people. Those who listen to the LORD and do what is right would not catch any of the diseases of the Egyptians, for the LORD is the one who heals all.

Questions: Do you have any kind of rituals that serve to remind you of God’s glory? How quickly do you forget about something that God has done for you?

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