Summary: Part 8 the crossing of the sea
Exodus “The story of God’s presence”
"We’re in a tight spot! "
Exodus 14:1-15, 21-31
Many years ago when I was younger, thinner and dumber
I had great aspirations of being a world champion bareback rider
I can tell you I had the desire but not the ability
I still often feel the pains associated with abusing my body in such a way as bronc riding
I can tell you I got bucked off a lot
Rarely made the buzzer
And got in more than my share of wrecks
One time in particular
I managed to stick my right spur in my bareback riggin on the way off a horse
And I still wear a huge scar on my right knee
And often limp
From that predicament
Have you ever found yourself in a predicament?
We have a lot of word pictures in the English language to describe being in a predicament.
We often hear and use phrases like
“You sure have painted yourself into a corner,”
“Being caught “between a rock and a hard place,”
“Up against the wall”
“In a pickle.”
I love the line from-- Oh brother where art thou—
Where Everett says while they are surrounded by lawman with machine guns while the barn is burning down around them
“We’re in a tight spot”
In our passage for today
Moses and the people of Israel found themselves in “A tight spot”.
The Israelites found themselves trapped between Pharaoh’s Army and the Red Sea.
After the Tenth plague and the death angel’s appearance resulted in the death of all of the first born among the Egyptians, Pharaoh finally allowed the Israelites to go free.
He did not want to
But God had gotten his attention
So he did
31 Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron during the night. “Get out!” he ordered. “Leave my people—and take the rest of the Israelites with you! Go and worship the LORD as you have requested. 32 Take your flocks and herds, as you said, and be gone. Go, but bless me as you leave.” 33 All the Egyptians urged the people of Israel to get out of the land as quickly as possible, for they thought, “We will all die!
So the Hebrews gathered their stuff and left
God’s word says they left in a hurry
Wrapping their belongings in their clothes
Not waiting for the bread dough to rise
Gathering their things
Even asking the Egyptians for gold and silver and being given those things
And heading out into the dessert
In our human brains we often tend to think in a very narrow way
When we want to go from point A to point B
We chose a direct route
In God’s word we see that that is not how God always works
Sometimes to get to point B
We must go from A to G to S
To get to B
Look at verses 13:17-18
“When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea.[a] Thus the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle.”