Peace & Blessings Beloved,
TGBTG for allowing us to see another day. I pray all is well with you and yours, and that your week has been fruitful & blessed thus far.
In the twelfth post of our new Humble Servant Blog Series, Stories of the Bible, we're going to review The Exodus, which can be found in the book of Exodus, as chronicled in chapter 14.
The Exodus story begins with the birth of Moses and his unusual upbringing in Egypt (Exodus 2) and, later, a command from Jehovah to Pharaoh, delivered to the Egyptian ruler by Moses and Aaron: “Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness” (Exodus 5:1). Pharaoh refused. Israel was valuable to Pharaoh because they provided slave labor for his kingdom.
The Israelites were happy to leave Egypt, as they were no longer slaves, and were headed for the Promised Land. The Egyptians gave the Israelites everything they asked for, including gold and silver. There were some, from other nations, who also believed in Jehovah, and journeyed to the Promised Land, with the Israelites.
As the Israelites made their way to the Promised land, a tall pillar of cloud went before them in the day, and a tall pillar of fire at night. These pillars housed almighty Jehovah, signifying his omnipresence, and symbolizing His promise to never leave or forsake us. All the Israelites (& believers) had to do was follow and obey Jehovah
After a brief period, Pharaoh and the Egyptians changed their minds, and once again wanted to enslave the Israelites. As such, they chased after them. Jehovah is actually the One who changed their minds, as it was indicative of His omnipotence.
Once the Israelites saw Pharaoh & his army approaching them, they realized that they were trapped between the army and the Red Sea. The Israelites were scared, and thought they were going to die. Moses assured them that Jehovah would be with them, and save them. God told Moses to have them move closer to the Red Sea, and Moses moved the pillar of cloud between the Israelites and the Egyptians. As a result the Egyptians were unable to the see the Israelites. God then told Moses to raise his hand over the sea. Then God caused the wind to push the water to each side (left & right). This created a pathway of dry land that the Israelites used to get to the other side of the sea.
Jehovah then moved the pillar of cloud up and away from the Egyptians, so they could see the Israelites escaping. The Egyptian army began chasing after them, but Jehovah caused the Egyptians to panic, and their chariots became stuck. Once the Israelites reached the other end of the sea, Jehovah had Moses stretch out his arm over the sea once more, this time causing the water to fall on the Egyptian army and return to its original position. The entire army drowned. Once the Israelites witnessed the death of the entire Egyptian army, they trusted in Jehovah. They also believed Moses was a prophet of Jehovah.
In the midst of their newfound freedom, the Israelites began to worship Jehovah. Jehovah instructed them to celebrate this freedom each year. This celebration was known as the Passover
The account of the exodus assures us that Jehovah's will always comes to pass. Man, in his fallen state, can relate to both Pharaoh and the Israelites. Sometimes people are like Pharaoh, so proud and stubborn that they resist Jehovah to the very end, despite the evidence that His will always comes to pass. And sometimes people are like the Israelites, so broken in spirit and exhausted that they just can’t believe Jehovah will bless them. But in both cases, as The Exodus story illustrates, Jehovah still has the power to do exactly what He promises.
I pray you receive this with the love intended, and apply it to wisdom.
May the joy of the Lord continue to be your strength.
Love you much.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Blessed!
P.S- If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, I implore you to take the time to do so right now. Use John 3:16 & Romans 10:9-10 as a foundation for making your confession of faith. And use Ephesians 2:1-10 to provide proper context for your salvation.