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The cloud by day and the fire by night was a pre-incarnate visitation of the Lord Jesus.
1 Corinthians 10:1-4 NKJV Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, (2) all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, (3) all ate the same spiritual food, (4) and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.
(Scholars have stated that there were approximately 3,000,000 Hebrew people. In order to feed them manna every day it required 4,500 tons of manna every morning. To feed them manna over 40 years required 65,700,000 tons of manna. If every person ate one quail per day it would take 3,000,000 quail per day or 90,000,000 quail per month. To provide water for all of the people would have required 15,000,000 gallons of water every day.)
God leads the people to the edge of the Red Sea between two mountains. It looked like they were going to be trapped by their enemies but God had a plan to turn it on their enemies and make a trap for them.
Exodus 14:1-4 NKJV Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: (2) “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. (3) For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in.’ (4) 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.
When you come to these places and you know that you have been obedient and are in the will of God, just know that it is not a trap for you but rather a trap for the enemy.
Psalms 91:8 NKJV Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.
Egypt is a type of your life before you were Born Again. You were in bondage and slavery to the enemy but a Deliverer has come and brought you out.
The wilderness represents our growth process in the Lord where we learn to trust the Lord.
The Promised Land is the overcoming, victorious life that we have in Christ.
Exodus 14:5-10 NKJV 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?” (6) So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him. (7) Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them. (8) 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. (9) 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. (10) 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.
Notice the Children of Israel cried out to the Lord but they cried out to the Lord in fear and not in faith.
Always cry out to the Lord in faith!
Exodus 14:11-12 NKJV 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? (12) 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.”
The promises came before they were ever born that they would be brought out and be delivered. They forgot the promises as soon as the pressure came.
How often have we done this? We knew the promises of God but when pressure came, we thought life was over.
God spoke over us before we were ever born because He knew what He has called us to be in Christ Jesus. He did all of this just so He could bring us to the place where He could kill us?
How could they doubt after seeing all of the miracles they had just seen? They had very little faith at this point.
The people were delivered mostly because of the faith of Moses.
Miracles do not produce faith – the Word of God does. Faith comes from the promise.
Only one thing can carry you – “It is written.”
Jesus was tempted to do miracles but He spoke the Word instead.
Exodus 14:13-20 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. (14) The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (15) And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. (16) 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. (17) 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. (18) Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” (19) 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. (20) 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.
God then splits the Red Sea by a wind that blew all night long so that the Sea bottom would be dry for them to walk upon.
Exodus 14:23-31 NKJV And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. (24) Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians. (25) And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.” (26) 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.” (27) 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. (28) 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. (29) 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. (30) So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. (31) Thus Israel saw the great work which the LORD had done in Egypt; so the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD and His servant Moses.
When you set your spiritual eyes on the Lord, you no longer see the problem but Him as your answer and then you will see the manifestation of the answer.
Exodus 14:25 NKJV (25) And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.”
Exodus 14:25 AMP (25) And bound (clogged, took off) their chariot wheels, making them drive heavily; and the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians!
How did the Egyptians get bogged down in the middle of the Red Sea bed so that their wheels fell off?
Psalms 77:16-20 NKJV The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were afraid; The depths also trembled. (17) The clouds poured out water; The skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about. (18) The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook. (19) Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known. (20) You led Your people like a flock By the hand of Moses and Aaron.
There was a thunder storm and it rained and caused the dry sea bed to become muddy.
Exodus 15:1-24 NKJV Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and spoke, saying: “I will sing to the LORD, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! (2) The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him. (3) The LORD is a man of war; The LORD is His name. (4) Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea. (5) The depths have covered them; They sank to the bottom like a stone. (6) “Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy in pieces. (7) And in the greatness of Your excellence You have overthrown those who rose against You; You sent forth Your wrath; It consumed them like stubble. (8) And with the blast of Your nostrils The waters were gathered together; The floods stood upright like a heap; The depths congealed in the heart of the sea. (9) The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; My desire shall be satisfied on them. I will draw my sword, My hand shall destroy them.’ (10) You blew with Your wind, The sea covered them; They sank like lead in the mighty waters. (11) “Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders? (12) You stretched out Your right hand; The earth swallowed them. (13) You in Your mercy have led forth The people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength To Your holy habitation. (14) “The people will hear and be afraid; Sorrow will take hold of the inhabitants of Philistia. (15) Then the chiefs of Edom will be dismayed; The mighty men of Moab, Trembling will take hold of them; All the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away. (16) Fear and dread will fall on them; By the greatness of Your arm They will be as still as a stone, Till Your people pass over, O LORD, Till the people pass over Whom You have purchased. (17) You will bring them in and plant them In the mountain of Your inheritance, In the place, O LORD, which You have made For Your own dwelling, The sanctuary, O LORD, which Your hands have established. (18) “The LORD shall reign forever and ever.” (19) For the horses of Pharaoh went with his chariots and his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought back the waters of the sea upon them. But the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea. (20) Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. (21) And Miriam answered them: “Sing to the LORD, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!” (22) So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. (23) Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. (24) And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”
Here is the difference between Moses and the Children of Israel:
Psalms 103:7 NKJV (7) He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.