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March 3, 2015

THE TRIUMPH AT THE RED SEA

by Leslie John

THE TRIUMPH AT THE RED SEA

(TRUST IN THE LORD)
Leslie M. John

“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”. (Exodus 14:15-16)

One of the greatest miracles God has ever performed was to part the Red Sea to deliver his children of Israel from the bondage of Slavery and to drown the enemy forces of Pharaoh in the Red Sea.

After letting the children of Israel go out from Egypt to help them worship their God far away from the place of Egyptian gods, Pharaoh could not sit idle but to harbor the evil thoughts of Satan, once again, and pursued the children of God from behind chasing the children of Israel to capture them again and bring them back as slaves. The children of Israel saw before them the Red Sea and behind them they saw the mighty forces of Pharaoh following them in the chariots. While the children of Israel, their children, and their cattle moved slowly they saw the chariots of Pharaoh speeding toward them to capture them. The children of God were filled with fear and cried out for help.

“And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD” (Exodus 14:10)

Moses, their leader, cried unto God for help, and God provided them help on time. The Red Sea parted when Moses lifted up the rod over the Sea as directed by God. All the children of Israel moved out from the scene of danger to a place of safety beyond the sea. Pharaoh’s speeding chariots could not catch the slow moving children of God, but instead they were drowned by God in the Red Sea; they along with their chariots.

While the children of God moved on the dry land in the midst of the Red Sea the Pharaoh’s chariots and his army was drowned in the Red Sea.

In Exodus Chapter 13:17-18 we read that God deliberately did not take Israelites through a nearer way from Egypt to Canaan, which involves passing through the land of Philistines, but he took them through the wilderness of the Red Sea, inasmuch as God knew the weak hearts of Israelites, who would grumble against God for having led through the land of Philistines, where they had to face war. At the end of the chapter 13 we read that the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, and in the night in a pillar of fire to give them light. Thus they had the light the entire time they traveled in the wilderness. Holy and gracious God, the God of Israel, did not leave the children of Israel in darkness when they were passing through the wilderness but provided them light the entire time they traveled. God desired that their faith in Him should be strengthened.

Once when Jesus went walking on water towards the boat in which Peter and other disciples were sailing Peter desired that he may be allowed to walk on water. Jesus asked to walk on water and come near him but when Peter saw wind boisterous he was afraid and began to sink. He cried out to Lord Jesus to save him, and He saved him. Peter’s little faith resulted in sinking but when he cried out to the Lord Jesus He saved Peter instantly (Matthew 14:28-31

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