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Daily Devotional

February 12

SPEAK UNTO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL THAT THEY GO FORWARD

by Henry T. Vriesen

Exodus 14

When it was told to the king of Egypt that the people of Israel had fled, he began to regret that he had given them permission to go. Who would now work for him? make the brick and finish his cities? He made ready his six hundred chariots and pursued after them. He overtook them near the Red Sea. And when Pharaoh drew nigh, they lifted up their eyes and saw the Egyptians. They were very much afraid and cried to the Lord. Moses said to the people, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord which he will shew to you today … The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

And the Lord said to Moses, “Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward. But lift thou up thy rod and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it.” The children of Israel shall go in. “And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.”

That night the pillar of fire, which was before the host of Israel went behind them and stood between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of the Israelites. Now when Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided and stood like walls to the right and to the left.

Then Moses told the people to go forward. And they walked across the Red Sea as on dry land, and passed safely over into the wilderness on the other side. When the Egyptians saw the Israelites marching into the sea, they followed with their chariots and horses. But early in the morning trouble came for the Egyptians. The sand was no longer hard; it had become soft and the chariot wheels sank in and broke off. It was impossible for them to overtake Israel.

The army was confused and frightened. They cried, “Let us flee … for the Lord fighteth for Israel.” By this time all the Israelites had passed through the sea, and were standing on high ground. And the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch forth thine hand over the sea.” Moses did so, and the sea returned to its strength when the day was dawning. And the host of Pharaoh, with all his chariots and horsemen were drowned in the sea before the eyes of Israel. They saw the bodies of the Egyptians tossed up by the waves and lying on the sea shore. And the people feared the Lord and believed in him. Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song:

“I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously; The horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation.”

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