The Moment of Truth

The Moment of Truth

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant. Exodus 13:21-30

Step back for a moment and watch what just occurred. Moses parted the sea and the Israelites were able to walk across on dry land.

Dry land.

That is simply amazing. Not only was the sea parted, but they were able to cross it without being bogged down by muck and mud.

Can you imagine what that scene must have looked like: two walls of water just waiting to crash down. If it were you, would you be tempted to linger and marvel or run quickly in case it collapses? Probably a little bit of both. But more than a million people (and up to 3 million) had to cross over the parted sea, which in itself is not a small ordeal.

Now, this is obviously a miracle of the Lord Almighty. They will have experienced an event no one else has ever experienced before or since.

Will they remember it when they get to the wilderness?

We all know the answer to that.

But still, it was a sure sign that the sovereign Lord was on their side and fighting their battles.

Fortunately, we don’t need that kind of sign that He’s on our side because we have the Word of God, the Holy Spirit living in us, and countless fellow believers who are on the same journey we are on.

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