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Exodus 14 v. 15-23 with Betty

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15 And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:

20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

 In Exodus 14 v. 15 the Lord asks Moses why he is crying after him.  He tells him to speak to the children of Israel and tell them to move forward and also told Moses to lift up his rod and hand over the sea and divide it.

Even with all the examples Moses had of the Lord keeping his word about what he would do, Moses must have been amazed that the Lord promised to part the very sea, but the Lord told him the people of Israel would cross the dry sea bed but that he would “get honor” upon all the host that are with the Pharaoh and upon his chariots and horsemen so the Egyptians would know that he was Lord.

Now the angel of the Lord, visible to them as a light by night and a pillar of cloud by day moved to the rear of the Israelite people.  There it was a cloud that prevented the Egyptians from seeing the children of Israel while also shedding light on the Israelites so that neither side saw each other through the night.

With all the faith that he had in the Lord, Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and the Lord sent a strong east wind that blew all the night and made the sea dry land between the waters. The multitude of the children of Israel went across the dry ground with water on both sides of them.

As I think of this, I wonder if the children of Israel were frightened as they ran across this stretch of dry ground with water on each side of them.  Surely, even with the presence of the Lord, they must have feared that the waters would roll back in before they arrived safely on the other side.

 Betty Killebrew

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