January 26, 2013

Today’s Reading: Exodus 13:17 – 15:21

Highlights of Today’s Reading:  Using a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night, God leads the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt. Pharaoh changes his mind and pursues them, but God delivers them through the Red Sea and drowns the Egyptian armies. A song of celebration and praise is sung.

Hebrews 11:29 says “By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned”.  Why did it take faith to pass through the Red Sea? What other choices did they have?







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7 Responses to January 26, 2013

  1. Mary K

    I don’t know how big or deep the Red Sea was. The sustaining wind God created to part the sea had to be frightening on its own. I cannot imagine how high the walls of water must have been, nor how wide the path. I know the path accommodated 600,000 people plus animals and carts. Walking through that path must have been the scariest thing ever, with walls of water on each side and winds above, particularly if you were last in line and had just reached the middle. What a relief to safely reach the other side! On a human level the odds of survival by returning to Egypt must have seemed much greater than surviving that storm. The question of faith here doesn’t so much speak to “will I make it across?” but more to “does God keep his promises?”. Clearly the Egyptians believed they would make it across or they would have never started out. If they had believed that God keeps promises, they would have never chased the Israelites in the first place.

  2. Jackie

    The shortest route God could have led the Israelite’s from Goshen to Caanan was along the shoreline. They would have encountered the Philistines and possibly have to fight if the Philistines wouldn’t allow them to pass through their territory. The Israelite’s had been slaves all their life and were not trained as warriors. Also, God led them in the least likely route to teach them to depend on and trust Him to take care of them.

    Crossing the Red Sea, Moses was before them with his rod that they could keep their eye on. God, in the pillar of fire went behind them to be between them and the Egyptians. That had to be one of the most spectacular sights to ever occur before or since.

    The song of rejoicing shows their momentary victorious euphoria. Too bad that in a short time they were back to grumbling and complaining and ready to return to Egyptian slavery. Are we like this?

  3. Jeff

    In chapter 14 the Israelites have their backs against the edge of the water and now see the Egyptians coming and they start to panic complaining to Moses. Why did you lead us out of Egypt to die in the desert. This is an incredible moment for Moses as he could easily have panicked himself and lost control of the people but what he says is awesome and should be great words of wisdom when we are undergoing something in our life that seems overwhelming………… Do not be afraid……………Be Still…………..you will see the deliverance of the Lord today

  4. Why did it take faith to pass through the Red Sea? What other choices did they have?
    It took faith for the Israelites to pass through the Red Sea, because it was quite a miraculous and scary scene to see the huge sea waters split apart like they did. They had to put their trust in the faith that Moses had as they followed him to the other side of the Jordan. They had the choice to go back and become slaves of the Egyptians or to move forward to the unknown and trust the awesome and mighty power of God.

  5. Andrew

    The water parting in the way it did was certainly not normal. Two “walls” of water to walk between would be scary. I imagine it was a deep portion of the red sea. The song sung afterward said the Egyptians were drowned in the deep waters. The Israelites had little in the way of choices. They could go back to Egypt or try the path that opened for them in the sea. I imagine that evening witnessing the sea open that way would bolster their faith. I think the Israelites walking through showed their faith in God. Though I think it took some faith to walk between the walls of water, I think it’s more about them trusting Him to lead them to safety in their time of need. They put their lives fully in His hands. I think that is a goal we should all strive for. We should all trust God enough that we do not fear where our lives take us, but trust Him to see us through.

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