24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through
the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord fighteth for them against the Egyptians.
26 And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.
27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
31 And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses.
K.J.V. Bible Text
I see the phrase “in the morning watch,” and must confess I’m not sure what time that was. I guess it would probably be the last few hours before dawn was to break. At that time, the Lord “troubled the host of the Egyptians.”
The Lord caused their chariot wheels to come off which slowed down their progress. The Egyptians wanted to flee because they knew the Lord was fighting for the Israelites.
Now the Lord told Moses to stretch out his hand over the sea again and the sea waters went rushing back. Where only moments before the children of Israel had walked on dry land, the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen were covered in the returning water and totally destroyed.
“30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.”
If there was anyone left among the Israelites who as yet did not fully realize the power of the Lord, this demonstration ended their disbelief. After seeing the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore the people feared and believed the Lord
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