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The Red Sea

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What was happening in Egypt?

The death of the firstborn.

What did God tell the Israelites do to in order for them to be protected?

Told them to put the blood on the door posts.

Israelites are finally free!

Exodus 12:33
Exodus 12:33 ESV
The Egyptians were urgent with the people to send them out of the land in haste. For they said, “We shall all be dead.”
Exodus 13:
Exodus 13:21–22 ESV
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.
God was with his people as they left Egypt. They could literally look up into the sky and see that God was with them. Wouldn’t it be easy to literally see that God was with you? Like literally be able to look up and being able to see his presence as you drive to school, or as you go to work, or as you walk home from school? Wouldn’t that make life a whole lot easier?
Unfortunately, it does not work that way. God does promise that he will never leave us or forsake us.
Hebrews 13:5 ESV
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
sometimes we can get into our own heads and start believing that because you aren’t seeing or feeling God that means he has left you. But that is not the case.
According to , the bible is telling us that to be content in no matter where you find yourself in life, because you can always remember the promise that no matter what you go through, God will always be with you. Even when it doesn’t feel like it, even when you aren’t seeing any progress taking place. God is still there.
But Israel has this assurance that God is with them because they can see evidence of him by fire and the cloud following over them. Everything is smooth sailing. They are leaving Egypt, they are finally free, God is leading them out, and then it all seems to fall apart.
Exodus 13:5–8 ESV
And when the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this service in this month. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the Lord. Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen with you, and no leaven shall be seen with you in all your territory. You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’
Exodus 13:5-8
Exodus 14:10 ESV
When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord.
Exodus 13:10 ESV
You shall therefore keep this statute at its appointed time from year to year.
Exodus 13:10
So now what? You have a sea in front of you and an army that wants to kill you and make you slaves behind you. But Moses tells his people to not be afraid. That God was with them, and he would be their salvation.
Moses at this moment did not know how God was going to get them out of this situation, but by faith he believed it. Sometimes in our life we are going to just have to put faith in God that he knows what he is doing. It is not always easy to do, but that is what God has called us to do.
Exodus 14:15–18 ESV
The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”
Exodus 14:15-
So Moses Gets to the Water and lifts his staff. The bible tells us that his angels were in front and behind the Israelites. As Moses lifted his staff the sea began to split and there was dry ground with water on each side. The Israelites begin rushing in so they can get to the other side and the Egyptian army coming after them.
Moses and the Israelites are over and see that the Egyptian army is in a panic because they see the cloud of fire over the Israelites. They turn to run but God tells Moses to lift his hand again, and God closed the Red Sea on the enemy army.
What an incredible story, but what does that mean for us to day. Maybe you aren’t in a situation like the Israelites were in. I dont think any of us are trying to run away from people who want to keep us slaves. But you may be in a situation where you feel overwhelmed. Your looking at your future and your not quite sure where to go, and you look at your past and you don’t want to relive the things that were back there either.
The Israelites were stuck. The army was behind them and the sea was in front of them. They had no where to do, did not know what to do, they were overwhelmed.

Are you overwhelmed?

Whats the one thing that you worry about? Who here would consider themselves a worrier?
God does not want us to worry. He wants us to remember that He has everything under control. That is isnt going to leave you or forget about you. That he knows exactly where your at and exactly what you are feeling.
God will literally split ponds, lakes, and oceans if that means it gets you out of trouble and makes you realize he is with you.
Altar-Is there something you are worried about? Do you know someone else who has a need that you know they are worried about, lets pray and believe God is about to move in their or your situation.
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