Friday, July 12, 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!
Unarmed Israel “stands still” before the Red Sea and “sees the salvation of the LORD,” “the LORD fighting for [them]” (Exodus 14:13,14). His angel goes behind their camp, and the “pillar of the cloud” of His presence goes behind them, thwarting the efforts of the Egyptian soldiers who are set on slaughtering the defenseless nation Israel. With the Egyptians “preoccupied” and unable to reach Israel, the LORD of heaven and earth demonstrates His power over creation.
Let us read verses 21 and 22: “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. 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.”
The Jews stand in awe as the mighty Red Sea parts. Its water mass is divided into two bodies, with a high wall of water on the left and right hands, and a strip of dry land in the middle. Israel can now escape! Approximately two to seven million Jews left Egypt, so, evidently, some hours pass as they walk across the bottom of the Red Sea (compare “all that night” of verse 21 with “the morning watch” of verse 24).
Verse 23 continues: “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.” Apparently, the angel of God and the “pillar of the cloud” allow the Egyptians to continue in their attempt to overtake Israel. The Israelites hear the soldiers and their chariots behind them, coming closer and closer as they too cross the bottom of the Red Sea.
What will JEHOVAH do next….?