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Crossing The Red Sea

on February 11, 2015

CROSSING THE RED SEA Memory Verse: Exodus 14:21

 

Life Application: God is my deliverer

 

Bible Text:

Exodus 13:17-18

Exodus 14:13-22

Exodus 14:26-30

 

God wanted His people, the Israelites, delivered from the bondage they were under in Egypt. The Pharaoh that ruled the land would not allow the Israelites to leave so God sent many different plagues. After the death of all the first born in Egypt, the Pharaoh finally allowed the Hebrews to leave. The Hebrews left out of Egypt, going in the direction toward the Red Sea.

Exodus 13:17-18 NKJV

“Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.”

God revealed to Moses how Pharaoh would respond to their deliverance. Pharaoh refused to believe God. His heart was hardened, and God knew what his sinful heart would cause him to do about the Hebrews leaving Egypt. Pharaoh and his army chased the Israelites as they headed toward the Red Sea. The people were filled with fear as they saw the approaching armies of Egypt. In their fear they blamed Moses and God. It seemed like a hopeless situation with no way for them to escape. When they saw that they were trapped they cried out to Moses. They wondered if God had brought them out there just to be killed by the Egyptians. In their complaining, they forgot something very important about God – that He is in control. Moses told the people that the Lord would fight for them.

Exodus 14:13-14 NKJV

“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.”

God heard the cries of the people and He told Moses how to open the way of escape for Israel. God told Moses that He would make a barrier between them and Egypt.

Exodus 14:15-20 NKJV

“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.” And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.”

Moses stretched out his hand, just like God told him to. When he did the sea divided, making a path for the Israelites to escape.

Exodus 14:21-22 NKJV

“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.”

The Egyptian army followed the Israelites into the divided sea, but God caused them to slow down some which allowed the Israelites time to cross to the other side. At God’s command, Moses stretched out his hand again, causing the waters to return to normal. As the waters returned to their place the Egyptian army was destroyed.

Exodus 14:26-30 NKJV

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.” And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained. But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.”

 

Review

1. Nothing that happens is ever out of ___________ control.

2. The Pharaoh that ruled the land would not allow the Israelites to leave. What did God do?

3. After the __________ of all the first born in Egypt, the Pharaoh finally allowed the Hebrews to leave.

4. The Hebrews left out of Egypt, going in what direction?

5. The people were filled with _________ as they saw the approaching armies of Egypt.

6. In their fear who did the people blame?

7. God is in control. What does that mean to you?

8. God told Moses that He would make a ______________ between them and Egypt.

9. The sea _____________________, making a path for the Israelites to escape.

10. The children of Israel crossed the _________ __________ on dry ground.

11. As the waters returned to their place the Egyptian army was ___________________.

 

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