Exodus 13 - 14

 
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Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking him to meet you and speak to you.

Bible Reading

Now when Pharaoh had let the people go, God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, “The people might change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” Hence God led the people around by the way of the wilderness to the Red Sea; and the sons of Israel went up in martial array from the land of Egypt.

(Exodus 13:17-18)

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. When Israel saw the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in His servant Moses.

(Exodus 14:21-26)

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea. At the morning watch, the Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion. He caused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from Israel, for the Lord is fighting for them against the Egyptians.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen.”

(Exodus 14:30-31)

Devotion

The Red Sea is the water that separates Israel from Egypt.

It represents a decisive break with the past.

It is an ending of an old enslaved way of living and the beginning of a new, redeemed way of life.

The crossing of the Red Sea immediately followed Passover.

Like the Israelite, someone who experiences salvation through the Messiah, our Passover Lamb Jesus Christ, should immediately pass through the waters of the Red Sea and begin a new way of life.

This is a beautiful picture of baptism.

The Big Question

If you have accepted Christ, and have not been baptized, why not follow the example of Jesus and get baptized?

Conclude in prayer and silence reflecting on what you’ve learned.