9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.
10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.
11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
14 The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
K.J.V. Bible Text
As the Egyptians approached with their horses and chariots, the encampment of Israelites was “sore afraid.”
Now they wished that they had not listened to Moses. They remembered that they had told Moses to leave them alone and let them serve the Egyptians. They were now unhappy that they had gone along with him and wished they were still servants in Egypt. That now seemed better than dying in the wilderness.
Moses, however, was confident in the power of the Lord and told the people not to be afraid but to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.
He assured them that the Lord would fight for them.
Do you recall back when Moses was first approached by the Lord and told to come to Egypt to lead the people of Israel out of bondage and into the land of Canaan? At that time he was reluctant to undertake the mission. Now we see a stronger Moses. Not only Pharaoh but Moses himself has seen the power of the Lord and it seems he has developed complete trust in him.
When we are stuck in a wilderness, or as we say today, “between a rock and a hard place,” we too would do well to put our complete trust in him. Only then will we be able to set aside our own urges and misgivings and allow the Lord to move us in the right direction—even though it seems there is no direction to go.
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