I do hope that you've been able to see the prophecy in history here. I am overwhelmingly satisfied that dots are being connected on what to look forward to in the Day of the Lord. How exiting is this week's reading?! God is doing wonders for His people. They are exiting their bondage. At the same time He is getting glorified. It is just good all around. As Romans reminds us, the good of God's people is attached to His glory. That passage in Romans and this story here that we read, is to remind us and encourage us as we see the wonders, because in the process of coming out free from bondage and God being glorified, we find ourselves in hairy situations. Read below:
And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD." And they did so. -- Exodus 14:4 ESV
Notice this -- God is telling His people that they are having some hot pursuers, all to His glory. How would you like the Lord telling you that He is going to put you in some hairy situations that He may be glorified? Friend, God is glorified in the impossible, in saving and healing. This means there must have been something you needed saving and/or healing from. You will most often find that you come to "know" God when He is exercising His multi-faceted glorious roles, and where else would He be exercising such things than in hairy, backed up against the water, situations?
When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants changed toward the people, and they said, "What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?" -- Exodus 14:5 ESV
Isn't this terrible? They just lost a great mass of their future generation, and they are more concerned with enslaving Israel. Take note, Beloved, this is what hate does. Some people hate God so much, that they would sacrifice their own children, toss aside the remembrance of them, at a chance to overtake God's people. This may be a sub-par example, but I used it nonetheless to my Star Wars-loving son. Do you remember the end of Episode 3, where Anakin is so full of hate toward Obi-Wan that he loses his limbs at a chance to attack his own master? Even losing his limbs, he is crawling in hate toward him, inching away until the fire of the lava stops him. Hate will consume people -- they lose their children, which are their extension like limbs, at a chance to attack God. I fear they will continue in their hate-driven blood-thirst until the fire consumes them.
They said to Moses, "Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt?" -- Exodus 14:11 ESV
Oftentimes I read that and internally answered how ridiculous of a response, so simple-minded. I'm quickly reproved when I remember moments in the wilderness myself, when I lose heart and think God has it out for me. "He's taking me to the woodshed," as they say. I think of the teenage child who says, "My mother hates me because she won't let me go anywhere." How that mother's heart breaks, the simple-minded child just doesn't see the purpose of mother's upbringing. So quickly we betray God's good intentions toward us, and refuse to be conformed through the wilderness and fiery furnaces. Listen, the Father does chasten for sure, just as He chastened in 38 years of the wilderness. However, remember there were 2 years of wilderness that was purposeful for growth and relationship to Him. You don't develop relationships with people through a genie-complex ("give me, give me"), you develop relationships with people when you spend time together and are put in situations that bring forth character traits. The wilderness was solitary, of this we agree. They got to spend time with God, and be put in positions that drew out characteristics of God they wouldn't otherwise see in positions they didn't absolutely see their need for Him.
And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. -- Exodus 14:22 ESV
What wonder is this! How pertinent it is for you today. You can understand the deeper meaning of this passage when you study the Hebrew. The Hebrew word for water is mayim. It starts with the letter mem, which symbolizes water, womb, and chaos -- all three at once, and you will see why. Mem has 2 forms, open and closed. A closed womb = no chaos. An open one = chaos. Think of a woman's water breaking at the term of pregnancy. Mem symbolizes water, and water itself also symbolizes the nations which are chaos. The Hebrew speaks of many things in reality because it is God's language, and God did design the physical to reflect the spiritual. When you think of mem and its meanings, you can revisit the passages of water in Scripture and see some mysteries God reveals. This past year the Lord has given me many dreams of waters, and myself above them in an ark of some sort, or even safely within them. God has a way of making you to walk amongst the nations (amongst the chaos), surrounded by these, literally within the nations, and not be touched. Nobody needs to go fleeing under a rock now. The water (the chaos) did not touch them, and by God's hand, neither will it touch you who are His. I can't say the same for those who aren't.
And in the morning watch the LORD in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptians into a panic, clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily. And the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from before Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians." Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen." So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared. And as the Egyptians fled into it, the LORD threw the Egyptians into the midst of the sea. -- Exodus 14:24-27 ESV
Don't you play the part of an Egyptian and flee. This is your Lord's hand. He has kept you safe in His majestic presence thus far, and He can continue to do so if it pleases Him. The nations flee because they have a reason to do so. You stand and let your God fight for you. Did you notice the chaos, that is the water, fell back upon the nations? Their own chaos will be their ruin, and just as the water's course returned to normal by morning, so when this happens in the Day of the Lord the order is restored in the morning.
The next chapter is the song sang by the children of Israel. It is a new song to them. Miriam plays the tambourine and they dance in victory as they sing. Just the same, Revelation tells us that we will too will sing a new song after the chaos has ended and order is restored in victory. Oh what a glorious day. Won't you sing and dance, as the children of Israel? Exodus 15:11 (ESV) -- "Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?" In His language -- "Mi Chamocha, ba'elim, Adonai? Mi kamocha, nedar bakodesh, nora tehillot, osei feleh?"
Excuse the background. Yes we are moving. I guess it was divine that we read and recorded this as we are moving. So the children of Israel were also moving when they sang and danced these lyrics.
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