Thursday, July 11, 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!
With the Egyptian armies behind them and the Red Sea before them, Israel is forced to realize she cannot save herself. Moses instructs Israel, “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).
Once Israel and the Egyptian armies are where God wants them, verses 19 and 20 elaborate: “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: 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.”
The angel of God who has led Israel in the front now goes to the back of her camp. Furthermore, the “pillar of the cloud” of God’s presence leaves the front of Israel’s camp and stands behind them for two reasons. This “pillar of the cloud” has now become a barrier that prevents the Egyptians from harming the Jews. Also, the “pillar of the cloud” is darkness on the Egyptians’ side, foiling their military strategy by slowing them; moreover, it is bright on the Israelis’ side, providing God’s people with light all night long. What a sight that must have been!
While the Egyptians are distracted and confused as to how to circumvent this “pillar of the cloud,” and Israel has no choice but to stand there helpless in her own strength, JEHOVAH will initiate the last phase of “Operation: Free Israel….”