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  The Great Bible Story #31
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A way through the sea

Jacob Ninan
As the children of Israel were travelling from Egypt to Canaan, the Promised Land, God led them, not through the area of the Philistines but towards the Red Sea, even though that was the shorter route, because He did not want them to get frightened and go back when they saw a battle. As they moved on, God led them using a pillar of cloud in the front during the day and a pillar of fire in the night. The people learnt to follow the cloud; when it stood still they stayed in the place, and when it moved they followed after it. This is a picture of being led by the Holy Spirit.

God wanted to honour His name in a mighty way by displaying His power over the Egyptians in the sight of Israel. So He put a thought in Pharaoh's mind that the children of Israel had got away from his hands. Pharaoh thought that since Israel did not know how to fight, he would send his army after them and get them back to slavery. This is just like Satan not wanting to let people get out of his hands, and going after them to take them back. But God is with them. When the people of Israel were camping in front of the Red Sea they saw the Egyptian army marching towards them, and felt thoroughly hopeless. They cried before Moses and wondered if it would have been better to stay back in Egypt after all. But God told Moses to tell them not to fear, but to stand quietly and watch how God would deliver them.

Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and God sent a huge wind to roll back the water of the sea in such a way that a dry path appeared in the middle of the sea, with water standing like walls on both sides! All the people walked through that path and reached the other side safely.

When Pharaoh's army saw the path the people of Israel took, they tried to follow behind them. As they were getting near the people, God made things difficult for them by giving trouble to the horses and making the chariot wheels swerve! The Egyptians noticed this and said that the God of Israel was fighting against them. Some of them tried to turn back. But then God asked Moses to stretch his hand to the sea, and the water came back together again, completely drowning the Egyptian army, their horses and the chariots. The children of Israel could watch from the other side how majestically God had delivered them. Seeing God's power, they began to fear God and also to put their trust in Him. They also learnt to respect Moses whom God had appointed as their leader.


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