Fighting in the Wilderness
So God led the people around by the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.
Exodus 14:4 Crossing of Red Sea
God will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so.
Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them.
He took his best fighters. He did not just take anyone but Pharaoh got his best. 600 choice chariots.
The children of Israel didn’t know the promise, which was given to Moses. They said, “have you taken us to die in the wilderness” They were so focused on the situation, that they forgot about the one who brought the situation about.
And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14 “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
There are seven commands or promises packed into these verses. First, do not be afraid, second: stand still, third: see the salvation of the Lord, fourth: he will accomplish for you today, fifth: For the Egyptians whom you see, you shall see again no more forever. 14 sixth: The Lord will fight for you, and seventh: you shall hold your peace.” WOW! I am sure God knew what he was doing. Ch. 13 it says God led them into the wilderness. Then, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. Don’t you think God knew what he was doing. In Ch. 14:13-14 he gives them promises to: don’t be afraid, stand still, and watch me work. The Lord will fight for you. God didn’t expect the children of Israel to fight them; he planned to do the fighting for them, to show him faithful. In verse 15, we see that the children of Israel cross the Red Sea on dry ground. That means not a wet spot was on the ground. They crossed on dry ground. Verses 17-25 God is just taking care of business while the children of Israel are not afraid, standing still, and watching the salvation of the Lord, which he had promised them that day. The Lord is fighting their battle for them. Verse 25b the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.” The following verses God takes care of the promise and wipes out the Egyptians. Verses 30-31 says, So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Thus Israel saw the great work which the Lord had done in Egypt; so the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord and his servant Moses. At the end of the day everything that the Lord promised happened, and the children feared God, believed the Lord and his servant Moses. Sometimes God will lead you into the wilderness to fight your battles for you. Just remember if he led you there, he will get you out of the situation. Hold onto to the promises that God gave us in Ch. 14:13-14.