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those who enjoy the Canaan life, feeding   them, all hope was seemingly gone! God’s
        on the old corn of the land (Christ in   people often entertain short memories.
        resurrection glory), not those whose   Only three days into the Wilderness and
        hearts yearn after the earthly sustenance   they had apparently forgotten the mighty
        of Egypt (Num 11:5).                  power of God displayed in the plagues of
                                              Egypt. The reason is not far to seek. They
        Practical Teaching of the Red         had “lifted up their eyes” to gaze on the
        Sea Crossing                          difficulty rather than the Deliverer. They
        The Purpose of the Lord (Exo 14:1-4)  were judging according to sight and not
          Strangely,  the  Lord  caused  Israel  to   by faith, ultimately crying out in unbelief
        “turn and encamp before Pihahiroth”   and despair to the Lord. And yet, it was
                                              “by faith they passed through the Red sea”
        (v2). This was a turn toward the south   (Heb 11:29). May we be encouraged to live
        in the opposite direction of the land of   with total confidence in God, no matter the
        promise. It may have been a roundabout
        way but it was the “right way” (Psa 107:7),   scale of the crisis.
        for God had His purpose in leading them   The Promise of Moses and Provision of
        into a trial of faith at the Red Sea. Not only   God (Exo 14:13-30)
        would the trial effect deliverance from the   “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the
        enemy (Pihahiroth means “gate of liberty”),   salvation  of  the  LORD”  (v13).  What
        but it would teach them the sufficiency of   a moment  to  stand still!  One  could
        His grace – His power perfected in their   rather be forgiven for wanting to
        weakness (2Co 12:9). This trial had a   run in such a situation. But securing
        purpose – and so do our trials. The words   salvation (deliverance) is God’s business.
        of C.H. Mackintosh are most appropriate:   Sometimes, contrary to our impatient
        “The Master’s presence is felt when the   nature, it is necessary to wait upon God
        tempest roars and the waves roll over the   for His direction. Ultimately, they went
        ship. God’s presence in the trial is much   “forward” in the strength of having
        better than exemption from the trial. The   stood still (vv14-15). Perhaps there are
        sympathy of His heart with us is sweeter   times when we too should stand still in
        far than the power of His hand for us.” 3  dependence upon God, for when the
        The Planning of Pharaoh and Panic of   energy of the flesh has ceased, He can
        Israel (Exo 14:5-12)                  work.
          Pharaoh and his host pursued Israel   Much of the typical teaching of the
        with the purpose of plundering and    Red Sea has already been noted, but it
        destroying their erstwhile slaves (see 15:9).   is beautiful to observe that before the
        Satan still pursues God’s people today. He   waters of the sea were divided (v21), the
        seeks to entangle us in sin and the world,   Angel of God “removed and went behind
        thus destroying our usefulness for the   them” (v19). We are thus reminded of One
        Lord. Unsurprisingly, “the children of   who “removed” from heaven to earth
        Israel lifted up their eyes … and were sore   and graciously stood between us and the
        afraid” (v10). With Pharaoh behind, the   adversary at Calvary (Psa 22:12-13). Take
        mountains around and the Red Sea before   a moment to praise God today for the full
        ³ C.H. Mackintosh, Notes on the Pentateuch   and free deliverance typified in the Red
        (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1972).  Sea and fulfilled in Christ.

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