What does the story of the crossing of the Red Sea teach us?
As I was preparing for Bible Study tomorrow, I have been reviewing Chapter 14 and here is what it says.
Exodus 14:1-2 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.
When the Holy Spirit begins a chapter mentioning a place or a time of year, there is more to that story. I felt prompted to look up the meaning of the names of the three given places.
Pihahiroth means A place of Liberty
Migdol means A tower or fortress
Baalzephon means the lord of the North. The Lord most often called upon the Kings of the North to bring judgment upon His people because of their disobedience.
So when we look at the plan of God that He was delivering to Moses, God was wanting Moses to take the children of the God of Israel to this very spot, which was somewhere very close to the Red Sea. This place is where God would later reveal His power by showing up at the last minute where the Children of israel had their back up against the wall as the Egyptians were coming up against the children of Israel.
Pharaoh thought that the wilderness had shut the children of Israel in, with no way of escape.
Ex 14:10 ¶ And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.
Isn’t that just like us? Here these children had been taken out of the land of Eqypt where God had shown them His power through all of those plagues and now that the Egyptians were coming at them and they were ‘sore afraid’. We too, in the face of adversity, see our present emergency as our great big giant.
These huge emergencies in our present, seem to swallow up the times in the past where God has delivered us from a prior situation. We often forget that He is our Strong Tower and our Fortress and that He has provided us the life of liberty that we have through His Son Yahushua. We too often forget and become to be occupied with our circumstances and surroundings and this kind of stinkin thinkin can be fatal to our peace. The only cure for fear is for the eye to remain steadfastly fixed on the Lord.
The Lord may not show up when we want Him to but He will show up when we need Him too. We can trust that He will always show up, just in the nic of time to open up the path before us and lead us safely to where we need to go.
November 16, 2010