by Rev Joel Yong
Exodus 14:2-4 ESV
Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing it, by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in. And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord. And they did so.
They are on the run.
Having been freed from Egyptian slavery – they are making their way towards freedom when Moses receives new instructions.
He is told to deliberately camp at a location with the sea on one side of the camp.
Then he is told that the Egyptians are going to come hunting them down.
Strategically the spot God chose for them meant they would be trapped with no place to retreat to as the sea was a natural barrier cutting off all means of escape for such a numerous people as the Hebrews.
What would you do if you were Moses?
Do a double take and ask “God are you sure about this?”
But amazingly it says “And they did so.”
Perhaps witnessing the 10 plagues did something to Moses spiritually.
He started to see how powerful this God is.
No doubt the people would respond in doubt again here and there later on in their Exodus journey.
But as for their leader Moses – he now believed.
His words to the people:
Exodus 14:13-14 ESV
And Moses said to the people, Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
What about you?
How are you continually remembering what God has done and can do?
How are you letting these remembrances fuel your faith in what God is going to do for you today?
May Moses’ transformation also be your transformation as you deliberately and regularly contemplate His goodness.