Crossing the Red Sea
As you remember the Lord had taken the Israelites out from under the heavy hand of Egyptian slavery and into the wilderness where we pick the story up at the Red Sea.
Exodus 14:1-3 ESV Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “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. 3 For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, ‘They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’
What the Lord is doing in many cases may look to us or others as “wandering in the land” and being shut in by the wilderness. But as God’s thoughts are higher than ours so are His way(s) of salvation!
Exodus 14:10-11 ESV When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt?
At this point the Israelites were terrified and “feared greatly” and knew that they would soon be overpowered by their enemy and that certain death was drawing near. They thought in their hearts that it be better to be a slave to the enemy and live than to be wandering aimlessly in the wilderness because they couldn’t “see” the “salvation of the Lord”.
But look what happens next! Against all odds! Pinned down between the Red Sea and the enemy who was “drawing near”.
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. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Question 1. How is Exodus 14:13-14 a beautiful picture of the cross? Any comments are welcome.
@Erick-Hurt I'm reminded here of Adam's testimony which you shared today . Like Adam, we too were in an impossible place, our backs to the precipice of hell, Satan and the world assailing us from in front, our mocking sins piled up like mountains beside us, no escape. We were like the Israelites in being utterly hopeless and helpless, condemned to die!
And God stepped in. For Israel, he drowned the Egyptians, the captors they had known all their lives, and completely washed them away in the flood as the waters rushed in after the children of Israel crossed. At the cross he defeated the accuser, and drowned our sins, and washed them away so thoroughly that there is no trace of them in the judgment hall of Heaven. Yes, no trace, our sins and all accusing is washed away. The Lord fought the impossible battle and won, for all who will believe and trust in Jesus, and cling to the cross!
@Rob-Robertson Amen Rob! Yes it does sound like Adam's testimony. I really loved everything you said here Rob!
"At the cross"
"he defeated the accuser, and drowned our sins, and washed them away so thoroughly that there is no trace of them in the judgment hall of Heaven"
"The Lord fought the impossible battle and won"
Thank you so much Rob for your wonderful comments!