Exodus Chapter 14

The children of Israel were being led through the wilderness by the Lord. Moses was their chosen prophet and had been given them the Lord’s instructions regarding things such as the passover, sanctification of the firstborn, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The journey of the Israelites continues as follows:

1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baal-zephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.
3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so.

The Lord knew the heart of Pharaoh, and that he would follow after the Israelites. Because of this, he told Moses to have the Israelites return and stop to camp between Migdol and the Red Sea.

5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?
6 And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:
7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.
8 And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.
9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, before Baal-zephon.

Pharaoh was told that the Israelites had left. Pharaoh hardened his heart towards them and the Egyptians were upset that their servants had been let go. Pharaoh prepared to go after them. He took all the captains and chariots of Egypt to go with him to find the Israelites. They went toward the Israelites and camped by the sea.

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.
11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

When the Israelites saw Pharaoh and his Egyptian army coming for them, they were afraid and prayed to God. The people of Israel feared that Moses had brought them out of Egypt to die in the wilderness. They said that it would have been better for them to stay in bondage to the Egyptians, then to die there in the wilderness.

13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
14 The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Moses told them that the Lord would be there salvation, so they did not need to fear. This was a lesson in patience for them. If they turned and ran away, or turned back toward Egypt, they would not receive the blessings of the Lord. They needed to have patience and wait on the Lord. Moses assured them that they would not see the Egyptians any more because of the salvation of the Lord.

15 And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

Moses prayed to God and the Lord said that the Israelites would continue. He told Moses to use his rod over the sea and it would divide for the Israelites to cross the ground on dry land. The Lord told Moses that Pharaoh and the Egyptians would follow after them, but they would be shown that He was the Lord, or shown the power of God.

19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.
21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

The cloud which had led their way, was moved behind the Israelites so that it was between them and the Egyptians. The cloud protected and divided them from the Israelites. It was only darkness to the Egyptian, but on the side of the Israelites, it continued to give them light in the night. Moses did as the Lord had told him, and used the rod to cause the sea to divide. The Lord used the wind to hold the waters back and make dry land. The Israelites walked on the dry ground between the walls of water. I wonder why the has so often used the natural elements of the world, to show His mighty power. I wonder if it is to stir a remembrance in our spirits, that he is the creator of all things and has power over all that we know. I am reminded of His power to cover the earth with water in the time of Noah, and how He calmed the sea during His ministry as well as walked on the water to his disciples. I think of how he carried many over the waters and controlled the winds, such as with Lehi’s family and the family and friends of Jared in the Book of Mormon. It reminds me of the natural disasters brought upon the people at the time of the Savior’s death, which had been foretold long before. No man, without the power and authority of the almighty, could cause these wonders to happen. The Lord was surely with Moses and the Israelites at that time.

23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord fighteth for them against the Egyptians.

The Egyptians followed after them, just as the Lord had said. Their chariots were stopped and then the Egyptians began to see the power of the Lord was with the Israelites, so they began to flee.

26 And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.
27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
31 And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses.

Moses was told to use the power of God, or his priesthood power, to cause the waters to fall upon the Egyptians. Moses did this and the sea returned to normal. The Egyptians were caught in the waters as they fled, and not one of them was left. The Israelites continued on dry land and were delivered again. This caused the Israelites to believe in the Lord and in their prophet, Moses.

In Moses 1:25 we read, “And calling upon the name of God, he beheld his glory again, for it was upon him; and he heard a voice, saying: Blessed art thou, Moses, for I, the Almighty, have chosen thee, and thou shalt be made stronger than many waters; for they shall obey thy command as if thou wert God.” This promise was fulfilled that day, when Moses parted the sea and then caused it to destroy their enemies. I am sure that knowing the Lord had made this promise of having power over the waters, helped to give Moses the faith to follow what the Lord told him to do in order to save his people.

Faith is a Sunrise

These miracles would not be done without faith on the part of those involved. I can’t imagine what that scene would have looked like to those who were there. They had no way of knowing what would happen to them when they walked into the path between the waters. The Israelites did not know how the Lord would save them, but they had the faith to take steps into the unknown and allow the power of God to work in their lives. We read all throughout the scriptures of amazing wonders and miracles shown to the people, and yet so often those same people are quick to forget what God has done for them. We cannot afford to forget the power of God. When we forget, our faith is weak and easily shaken. It is so important for us to reflect on the tender mercies that God has shown us in our own lives. We must not forget when we have been saved or delivered from our own enemies or from sin. God loves us and He will protect and guide those who choose to have the faith to follow Him and serve Him. I have had many tender mercies in my life, a lot of which have come in just the last couple of years. They have required a lot of faith on my part. They have led me to be where I am and be the person I am today. I am so grateful for them and I hope with all my heart, that I can remember these things and stay strong in the faith. I hope that I too can be delivered and return to the promised land, or rather to return to the presence of my Father in Heaven.

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