Verse 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
We talked yesterday about God’s command to move forward. Today we see God using His power to move them forward.
It is easy to see why the Israelites were terrified of their situation. With the sea before them and their former slave-drivers behind they had to feel like this was the end of their new found freedom. They were so terrified that they had debated what would be worse, heading into sure death or forsaking their freedom and once again taking up the yoke of slavery. Like us, sometimes, we wrestle between the pain we have known and the unknown path before us. And like the Israelites, those are likely times that we are looking at our own abilities instead of our all-powerful God.
There were many Israelites of all ages on this journey. We know that there were at least 2 people older than Moses along because his older sister and brother were amongst the massive caravan. His siblings had grown up learning the stories of God’s working in the lives of the patriarchs. Because of his non-Hebrew upbringing, Moses had missed those stories but he had something the others didn’t and that gave him a different view than the other Israelites.
This 80 year old man had been in the wilderness with God recently. He had seen God use His power to prove His authority to the pharaoh and had seen the marvel of God bringing this many people out of a nation of slavery virtually overnight. While the other Israelites had heard about God and His workings, Moses had met God and seen Him work. The people had a hearsay knowledge of God, Moses had a personal relationship with Him.
Moses’ acceptance of the command to hold his staff up over the sea reveals his faith in God. Faith without action is dead and so we need to ask ourselves, “Would I have lifted the staff?” That is how we take our faith temperature. If we aren’t willing to do things for God that may make us look odd to those around us, are we more concerned with our relationship with them or with God? Thankfully for the Israelites, Moses was willing to obey God and they were able to live a part in one of the most miraculous events of all time.
Making It Personal
Has there been a time in your life where you were wrestling about obeying God in some area of your life? Did you finally give in? What was the result of your decision?
Making It Personal Kids
Why did Moses’ holding his walking stick over the water make the water stand up on both sides? Is it important to obey God? Does God always have our best interest at heart?
Father, thank You for this example of faith in action. It is when we obey and let You do the work that we see Your power on full display. May we learn this as a way of life. In Jesus’ name, amen.