Day One: The Lord Will Fight for You

“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’

Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” (Exodus 14:13-14,19-22)

“God finishes the fight to set the people free.  The Lord’s work of rescue does not stop short of full completion until the people are completely free.  In this fight, the Israelites are not tasked to aid nor supplement in the fighting in order to finish the work that the Lord has begun.  Perhaps that is why the Lord doesn’t instruct nor train the people to fight for themselves, nor does the He choose a servant (Moses) with military training.  Rather, the Lord shows His power in the midst of the people’s weakness, thus becoming a true demonstration of God’s work of salvation alone. The Lord who started this fight fully finishes it.” [Pastor Gus Kim]

“In these chapters in Exodus, the Israelites have their backs against a wall—on one side the Egyptians who are fully armed and ready to destroy and re-capture them, and on the other side the vastness of the Red Sea.  However, there are other players in this fight as “The Israelites need not fear for they have a lot of special company.  They have God’s angel/messenger (Ex. 14:1).  They have a cloud-encased fire (Ex. 14:19-20)…Best of all, they have Yahweh’s own presence, of which the first three are observable representatives of the Divine One in their midst, at both the front and rear of the camp.” [V. Hamilton, Exodus Commentary, p. 217]

“Therefore, though the Israelites were complaining and panicking at the sight of the Egyptian chariots, it is clear that the Lord’s very literal presence was with them as seen in the cloud/pillar of fire that was protecting them. Perhaps the Israelite’s fear led them to become blind and oblivious to the reality of God’s presence that was clearly with them.” [Pastor Gus Kim]

Let’s pray: Lord, we want to be more aware of Your presence with us. Instead of being overwhelmed by fear or panic, may we be more aware of how You are working in our midst.

– JP