Exodus 14 Commentary
Pharaoh changes his mind. He pursues Israel. The LORD is interested in this sign but it appears the audience this time is HIS own people. They must see the LORD in action. We would suspect the importance of this sign as providing basis for faith to face unchartered waters ahead. The miracle should encourage them to go ahead and face their enemies with easy and arrogance.
It’s enough a wrong to have fear at this moment – especially after seeing everything the LORD has done in Egypt. But to add suspicion and regret, – and doubt of the LORD’S good intentions – was a real downer.
However the love story between the LORD and His faithless people doesn’t end here. Pharaoh does approach and the intention is clear. The danger is clear and very much present to the freed community. What happens here is truly amazing. The Pillar of cloud and the Pillar of fire moved and changed positions to prevent Pharaoh from touching Israel.
And then Moses is commanded to part the Red sea. Israel walked on the bed of the sea as on dry ground. The details are important. The point seem to be that Israel is saved by God’s presence amongst them. The LORD is providing the most important tool in the armory for the battles ahead – memory. Memories are important for our Christian walk. By constantly referring to Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the LORD is seeking to provoke memories of His powerful works in the lives of these patriarchs. This sign is to be written on their hearts and should be remembered at all times in case of battle.
Egypt was a well-organized society at this moment. It was a military super power in the region. The LORD is making a very big statement that Israel need not fear anyone else. The same LORD would do the same to any opposition. This sign needed to register very strongly in their minds.
This chapter establishes a pattern to follow. Whenever you face trouble, sit down and be still. Let the LORD who worked wonders in your life come to your aid again. Memories are an important weapon. Don’t forget!
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