About Jesus Steve Sweetman
This Chapter 13:17 through end of 14
In verses 17 and 18
we see that Pharaoh finally let the Jews go free, but we will see
later on, the he tries to change his mind.
Also in these verses God
told Moses to head towards the
When it comes to New
Testament salvation I've seen something similar.
Many new Christians are free of trials for the first while of their
new life. When things get
established, then God allows the trials to come that will test their
faith, much like Israel
in this situation. This is the
maturing process, just like any parent would do with their children.
You protect them at first, and then you begin, little by little, to
let them experience life on their own.
In verse 19 we note that
Moses took the bones of Joseph with them.
This was the request of Joseph a number of centuries past.
It is amazing that Joseph's request was remembered after so much
time had passed. I think the
Lord had something to do with
In verses 20 through 22
In chapter 14, verses 1
through 3 God tells Moses to turn around a bit and camp at a certain
place. The retreat was to make Pharaoh think that Israel
was confused, and since he thought they were confused he could easily
Once again, the text
states that God made Pharaoh's heart hard.
Pharaoh was to experience one last and final judgment as seen in
Verse 4 tells us just why
I've also said this
before, and that is,
In verse 5 we see that
Pharaoh and his officials change their mind about
In verses 6 through 10 we
see the great army of
The response by
Verse 12 is the
I've said this earlier in
this chapter. In New Testament
times God often withholds testing for a while until our faith gets
established, but if He does bring some test our way, He often provides
miracles to help us through, as is the case here in Exodus.
I've often seen miracles at the beginning of one's new life with
Jesus, but as time goes on the miracles become less in order for real
faith to be formed within the person.
Many sermons have been
preached on Moses' response as seen in verse 13.
Moses tells the Jews three things.
He says, fear not, stand still, and see the salvation or
deliverance of God. The first
thing the Jews, and Christians too, must do is "fear not".
Fear shows a lack of faith. So
often God tells His people throughout the Bible not to fear.
We have no need to fear because the God of the universe is in
control. Fear is a product of
the fall of Adam and Eve. Fear
is inherent in humanity. When
Adam and Eve understood what they had done, they were afraid of God.
That is why they tried to hide from him.
The next thing Moses
tells the Jews is to "stand still".
That's, do nothing but watch. This
is so important. To often we
don't want to stand still and watch. We want to get in the way and try to
help God, but our help is futile. We
cannot improve on what God can do, especially when it comes to salvation.
Any attempt to improve on what God has done, as seen on the cross
It is important for us to
know that God includes us in His work to deliver the message of the
gospel, but He does not include us in His work of salvation. Even at that,
we mess up. We mess up in the
delivery of the gospel of Christ with our additions, subtractions, and
humanistic way of delivering the gospel.
The last thing Moses
In verse 13 God says that
There is another parallel
that is more spiritual. God
Himself has, and will, fight against the spiritual enemies, the devil and
those with him. All we need to
do is watch.
In verses 15 and 16 God
asks Moses why he is crying out to him.
Such crying is a waist of time.
God tells Moses to stretch out his hands so the waters of the
We waist way too much
time crying and complaining, both to each other and to the Lord, something
He is not very happy about. Instead
of crying and complaining we should be doing what He wants us to do.
The results are much better.
However, there is a difference between crying that is associated
with complaining, and crying that is associated with intercessory prayer.
The latter is much more affective and important.
In verse 17 God states
once again that He will harden Pharaoh's heart so that he and his armies
will follow the Jews and attempt to overtake them.
The verse also says that God's glory will be seen through Pharaoh.
God's glory is seen in His enemies.
When the Egyptian army is destroyed, all will see God's glory and
power, and realize that only He is the God of all there is.
The same is seen in verse 18. The
outcome to all that has happened in the last number of chapters, right up
to now, is the fact that God's glory is seen, but it is seen in judgment,
something that is very important. I've
said this before, but God's salvation rises from judgment.
This is a theme of the Bible.
In verse 19 we see the
term "angel of God". We've
talked about the term "angel of the Lord" before and noted that
this was pre-incarnate Jesus. I
believe "the angel of God" is also pre-incarnate Jesus.
We note from verses 19
and 20 that the angel of God and the cloud and the fire moved from being
ahead of Israel to behind them, in order to protect them from the Egyptian
army. When it comes to the
pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire, some feel that this is symbolic of
the Holy Spirit.
In verses 21 and 22 Moses
stretched forth his hand and an easterly wind blew a dried path in the
sea, with a wall of water on each side, so Israel
could cross the sea, which they did at night.
Salvation took place during the darkness of night.
This reminds me of the darkness that sunk over the world when Jesus
died on the cross.
From verse 23 to 29 is
the story of the fall of the Egyptian army.
Verses 29 to 31 end this
chapter. The Jews see the
power of their God and they put their trust both in Him and in Moses His
servant. Of course, if you