Israel, Stand Still! #2

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10 KJV).

Israel must stand still and do nothing in order to see her God work mightily on her behalf!

The nation Israel is assembled west of the Red Sea, and 600 chosen chariots of Egypt filled with soldiers are drawing nigh from behind. Israel is frightened, but Moses consoles them: 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. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14:13,14).

In verses 15-18, JEHOVAH explains His plans: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: 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. 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. 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.”

Notice the correlation with today’s Scripture. The psalmist, presumably writing centuries later, speaks of how God will be “exalted among the heathen [Gentiles]” and “exalted in the earth.” In the case of Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage, the LORD is using miraculous events to demonstrate to Pharaoh that He alone is God—as opposed to the Egyptian gods and goddesses. Also, JEHOVAH is proving to Israel that they are His “sign-people” and Moses is His spokesman to them: “for the Jews require a sign” (1 Corinthians 1:22a). JEHOVAH wants Israel to stand still, for He will show them how He will fight for them….