Ex 14:1 –Ex 14:18 (NKJV)
Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
“Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Zephon; you shall camp before it by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in.’ Then I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord.” And they did so.
Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?”
So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him. Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them. And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness. So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon.
And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord.
Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”
And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.
But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”
In the first verses we see God directing His servant Moses to lead the people He was going to deliver into a place that, without His intervention and their willingness to trust Him, would be a death trap. He had them camp in this place so Pharaoh and his army would think them “bewildered” or confused. The only way the Israelites could escape was across the sea and they had no boats.
Isn’t it interesting that God hears the Israelites prayers, sends Moses to deliver them from the “world system”, and then speaks to Moses to lead the people He wants to save to this kind of position that looked hopeless in the natural realm. He had Moses lead them to a place that they would end up back as slaves to the world or dead if they did not trust and obey Him. Without God’s supernatural intervention, they would be destroyed or captured.
—God led His chosen people into a place where if they did not follow Him, they would perish.
They have just spent years in captivity. Their trust level in God is not real high, They did not recognize His salvation when it showed up through Moses and were constantly doubting His presence from the beginning of Moses intervention on their behalf.
Since we know that God does not change and is the same yesterday., today and forever, maybe we should look at what is going on today and see what the Lord may be doing.
There are many words in The Book that tell us what to expect from the world and the age we live in as Christians. We can expect rejection, persecution, and tribulation. God has not changed. He wants us to understand and trust Him. Can we trust Him without persecution and tribulation? Can we be different than the Israelites? Or do we need to have “incidents” that make us Choose?
New Testament scriptures say, “the testing of our faith produces patience” (Jms 1:7) “The genuineness of your faith is more precious than gold refined…” (1Pet.1:3-9) .
What if God is bringing us to the place where we will trust Him or perish as He did with the Israelites?
What is living like the world, compromising scripture for the sake of acceptance, taking the “mark of the beast” but a place of choosing life or death? Choosing to trust or not to? Those who call Jesus Lord are going to be tried, tested, persecuted, hated, and brought to a place of “CHOICE”. We will not have any scripture that will set a precedence for what He asks us to do. It will be like Abram, Moses, Jesus, Paul and many others who followed a voice—the only hope that we have is This same Voice that the Israelites followed leading us. We must be intimately conformed to His Character, filled with Holy Spirit — “to know” Him, (His character, heart, integrity, purpose, motive and LOVE).
In some senses we have a deeper calling than they did, we are called “sons of God”, “Children of God”. We are to be a revelation of reconciliation and redemption. I believe that we are in a time once more that we will have to choose—life or death. We must come back to a scriptural relationship that reveals to the world the reality of Jesus and Father. We are being set up just like the Israelites were in the first few verses of Ex. 14. This is the time Father is going to find out who trusts Him and who doesn’t. This is not an age to follow the traditions of men, but the commands of Christ! This coming time is a time of “no excuses”. Compromise for the sake of unity or peace will not be from the Lord. He wants unity at the cost of non-conformity amongst His people. People sold out to a Love beyond reproach. He is calling us to stand up, be sold out and PASSIONATE FOR AND ABOUT JESUS!
God’s Love is not an easy path, It is not a safe place in the world, to walk like Jesus with “no compromise” stamped on our foreheads. To know the Love of God takes persistence, patience, it takes “honor, obedience, and sacrifice”. To know and understand the attributes, character, and purpose of God one must be sold out to God and accept the responsibility to live 24/7 for him and with His promises and commands.
I am suggesting that this will be a time when “the truth” will be revealed. Our real motivations, commitments and focus will be brought to the light by our actions and through God setting us in places where we will have to choose to trust and obey before we see His hand stretched out to save. We will be asked to obey just because He is God, not because of what He will or can do for us.
We must be aware that “judgment begins at the house of God” not in the world. First the church will be judged, then the world. If we are not about His purpose and desires, will we be “found to have faith”?
The kingdom of God is entered through much tribulation (Acts 14:22), suffers violence till now and is not won without violence. The violent take it…. (Mt.11:12) [this scripture does not mean we force God to do anything, but rather that we are be seized by a violence in our soul and spirit that brings us into His presence—we “press” in with importunity to know Him.]
Violence= to force, that is, (reflexively) to crowd oneself (into), or (passively) to be seized:—press, suffer violence.
Violent= a forcer, that is, (figuratively) energetic:—violent.
Tribulation= pressure (literally or figuratively):—afflicted, (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble.
I will leave it at this point; we must all choose to follow man’s or church traditions, the ways of the world or choose Him, His commands, promises and purposes.
Mt. 28:18-20, Mk. 16:15-18, Lu. 24:44-49, Jn. 20:21-23, Acts 1:8
In Father’s Hand, neil