A verse by verse summary of Exodus 14
Exodus 14 is a set up. Why I say this
is because God set up Pharaoh and the Egyptians so that they can see his Glory,
he set up Moses so that he could learn to partner with God in faith without
fear and he set up the Israelites so that they can learn to fear and trust him
more. They were all set up without even knowing it. A lot of times we as
Christians are set up for a chance to step up but we don’t realize it until we
have stepped up or when we have messed up. We should aim however to also
recognize whenever it is that we are being set up so that we use the
opportunity to look for God’s greatness and increase our faith versus looking
at the storm, doubting God and then feeling sorry for ourselves.
In Exodus 14, God did show out
Verses 1 – 9:
God wanted to trick Pharaoh so that he thinks the children of Israel are trapped; if the thinks that they are trapped and vulnerable then he would try to defeat them. God then hardened Pharaoh’s heart to once again think that he can outdo God by going after the Israelites despite his previous conviction to set them free. This God did so that Pharaoh and the rest of the Egyptians can know that he is the one and true God and in turn be honored for the God that he is. This was also done to show his children that they have nothing to worry about because he is the God that saves.
(Your enemy will come after you again and again even though he was previously defeated all because he thinks that he can outdo God. If we remain in faith however, we will see how God defends us in time.)
An amazing part of this chapter is verse 10 where the children of Israel saw their enemies and were afraid but they did the one thing they knew would work: They called upon the name of the Lord. Now in Proverbs 18:10 the Bible says that the name of the Lord is a strong tower and that the righteous run into it and they are safe. In this chapter, we will see this scripture coming to life because God protects his children. (Whenever we feel overwhelmed or afraid of anything, we should cry out to the Lord. After all, 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. As children of God we have a sound mind, we have confidence knowing that since fear did not come from him, we should not allow it to cripple us. We should instead rebuke that feeling of fear by calling upon God’s name and the beauty of it is that we will then see his glory. All we have to do is believe that he will. Fear is actually the opposite of faith. As children of God we operate in faith and chase out fear by calling upon God.
The sad thing though about the Israelites is that even though they called upon God, they did not operate in faith, they allowed their fear to cause them to doubt God.)
Though the Israelites did well by calling upon God, they failed. Exactly 1 verse later, we see where the Israelites are saying to Moses that he brought them into the wilderness to die because there were no graves in Egypt. They were now saying it would have been better to stay in Egypt and serve the Egyptians. (Now, can you believe them? Well, Christians now a days do this too without even realizing it. What I mean is, we cry to God because we know that we are supposed to, we cry to him because he is all we have but then immediately after crying out to him we doubt him. Where is the faith? Satan places doubts in our minds however it is for us to remember that the mind is a battle field and in turn learn to think on purpose. Yes, if we learn to control what we think about then we will learn how to be victorious. We can’t control what thoughts comes to our minds however we can control what we allow to roll around in the mind.)
Despite the limited faith of his children, God had a plan; he wanted to show Pharaoh that he was the one true and living God and he wanted to increase the faith of his children.
Moses now trusted God like never before; as such, he was able to speak their victory into being. Moses told them that God shall fight for them and they shall hold their peace, why? Because the Egyptians that they see today, they shall see them no more again ‘FOREVER’.
(When God gets ready to deliver his children, it is true deliverance. This means that the enemies we see today, we shall see them no more FOREVER’ because God will take care of things.)
Now God trusted Moses to continue in his faith and therefore he told him not to cry to him but rather speak to the children.
(Now, as a leader, God expects us to know him. He expects us to speak and act out his desires based on the character that we know him to be. When we do that, he will back us up. The important thing however is that we have to operate in faith. We have to believe that it will be done. In these verses we see where God and Moses are working in a partnership. Moses spoke it and God told him how to perform it. Our spoken words are important. The most amazing thing now happens because God parted the red sea. This tells us that our God is the God of the impossible. Whenever we feel surrounded as though there is nowhere to turn, whenever we feel trapped as if this is it, just cry out to God in faith and listen for his answer. He will show up and he will deliver... all we gotta do is believe. Yes, I know it is easier to say it than to do it but that’s where fasting and more prayer comes in. The more we fast and pray, the closer we are drawn to God and the more our faith is built. Whenever we feel as though something is impossible, just turn it over to God. After all, God did tell Moses that he is ‘I AM’ and the word ‘impossible’ say “I’m possible”. What is impossible for man, is possible with God as according to Luke 18:27. This I especially love because Pharaoh made a snide comment in Exodus 5:2 where he said “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go” Therefore, the amazing God that I serve is about to show him like never before, who is God... I’m getting excited just thinking about this show down that took place by the sea!
God hardened Pharaohs heart not only because he wanted to show Pharaoh who he is but also because he wanted to increase the faith of his people.
Moses did well; he now knew the character of God.
I just love the way that God asked Moses what him a cry to him fah :-) and then told him to tell the people what to do. This I strongly believe increased Moses faith causing him to work in a greater partnership with God.
Once you know the God that you serve, you don’t have to ask what pleases or displeases him. Think of a computer, once it is programmed by the programmer, it works as it should. It does not have to be programmed each time that is turned on to be used. Just like us, we operate in faith once we understand who it is that we are serving. He does not need to go through the trouble of showing or telling us who he is every time that we open our mouth or are faced with difficulties. For example, as according to his word, we know that he saves, so we teach others the Gospel so that they can be saved too, we know that he heals so we pray for the sick to be healed, we know that he protects so we pray for his protection etc. We can confidently do what is required of us all because of what God has placed inside of us. We should never forget that what God placed inside of us is greater than the opposition that is around us. 1 John 4:4 shows us proof of that.
God’s angels were encamping round about the children of Israel and as soon as the war came, they made themselves ready to protect the Israelites.
(In the same manner, God’s angels are encamping round about us as Christians today (Psalms 34:7) and whenever the enemy tries to come against us in any way shape or form, God puts up a standard against him as according to Isaiah 59:19)
The children of Israel were well protected by the angel and the pillar of cloud; they had the Israelites back.
In the same manner, we as Christians are well protected. How do I know this? I know because in Hebrews 13:8, my Bible says that my God is the same yesterday, today and forever more. Therefore, if he was there for the Israelites then it means that he is and will always be there for me as well. Also, the last thing he said to his disciples before ascending to heaven in Matthew 28:20 is “Lo, I am with you always”, he also said in John 14:18 that he will not leave us comfortless while Psalms 91 but especially verses 11-12 which says that he gave his Angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways.
(When our enemy is seeing darkness, we will see light because we have Jesus and Jesus is the light of the world.) God made it so that the enemy was not able to see as not to come near the Israelites all night and because of the power of God, the water of the sea were a wall to the Israelites. Verse 24 says that God purposely peeped on the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and troubled them. He made them afraid to the point where they announced that God is fighting for the Israelites & decided to run. God will cause your enemies to flee.
This great move of God caused the Israelites to fear and believe God more. He also caused Pharaoh to know who he was. Sometimes God will set us up in order to cause us to move out of the place that we are at and step into something greater. He will also fight for us while we are going through the storm because the battle is not ours, it is God’s.