Summary: Crossing the Red Sea – Exodus chapters 14. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(1). God’s leading (vs 1-4)
(2). Israel's panic (vs 10-13).
(3). God's power (vs 13-31).
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• Have you ever found yourself trapped?
• In a predicament?
• We actually have a lot of word pictures in the English language;
• That we use to describe being in a difficult situation.
• We hear phrases such as “you sure have painted yourself into a corner,”
• We are “up against the wall”.
• Or “in a pickle” or “in a jam.”, a “Catch 22” situation.
• “Between a rock and a hard place?”
• They are all word pictures to describe being trapped;
• To describe being in a situation where there is “No way out?”
Well in Exodus chapter 14 that this is the case with the Hebrew people.
• They find themselves in a desperate situation.
• They are imprisoned, trapped with nowhere to turn.
• There seems to be no way out;
• They’re caught... Between the Pharaoh and the deep Red Sea!
Application: It may be this morning that you find yourself in a predicament:
• You might be in that situation;
• Because of an unwise series of decisions you have made i.e. it’s your own fault!
• Or maybe you find yourself in a predicament through no fault of your own;
• i.e. It occurred because of circumstances beyond your control.
• Well this ancient story has some up to date help;
• This chapter contains the most involved predicament Israel ever faced;
• And remember they lived to tell the story!
(1). God’s leading (vs 1-4)
“Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon”
• Remember that for 400 years these Hebrew people had been in slavery to Egypt.
• Not only had they lost their freedom, but also their culture.
• Their pattern of lifestyle – without realising it they were Egyptian to the core.
• They had picked up the habits, the earmarks, the style,
• They even the very smell of Egypt (leeks & garlic!) came from them.
• That is why God brought them to the Red Sea;
• He wanted to get their attention;
• So he put them in an impossible situation so that all they could do was to look to him.
• Glance back for a moment to the previous chapter (13 verse 18) note the words:
• “So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea”.
• Again note in chapter 13 verse 21:
• God led them by a pillar of cloud in the day and a pillar of fire at night;
• And again at the start of chapter 14:
• We read God is leading his people through Moses his servant.
Now the point I want to make is this:
• The Hebrew peoples predicament was not an accident.
• It wasn’t a wrong turn. It wasn’t a miscalculation.
• God led, Go put, God guided these Hebrew people in an impossible situation;
• Because he knew these people needed this Red Sea experience;
• They needed to see him in a tangible way;
• And discover him as the God they could trust and depend upon.
• If you are in a predicament this morning;
• You can moan about it, feel sorry for yourself because of it;
• Or like the Hebrew people;
• You can use this situation to help you discover God in a real and fresh way.
• This morning you can experience God as some you can trust and depend upon.
• In verse 2 that God ordered Moses to change direction;
• To the horror of the people he told them to backtack;
• To retrace their footsteps all the way back to Baal Zephon.
• Now you did not need a Satnav to know this new route was not actually the best.
• Many if not all the of the Hebrew people realised this;
• And they must have thought this was madness;
• They were being taken back into a geographical cul-de-sac!
• Very soon they would find themselves trapped,
• With the Red Sea on one side, which was un-crossable by human standards.
• (The Red Sea is some 5 to 8 miles across & 250’ - 300’ deep).
• On the other side trackless wilderness;
• And in front an overwhelming barrier of mountains.
• In other words they were being boxed in by their own God;
• And by their leader Moses.
• And the people knew it was only a matter of time;