Lesson #7 - Pharaoh In Hot PursuitSeries: God's Man Moses - Israel's Exodus From Egypt
Pharaoh In Hot Pursuit
The Crossing Of The Red Sea / Chapter Fourteen
1. The glory & honor and power & protection given by Jehovah will soon be displayed in a dynamic way. – vss.1-4
God told Moses to tell the Israelites that the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.
In addition to the pillar of cloud and pillar of fire, this event would also bolster the faith of the children of Israel.
God instructed Israel to camp in a geographical cul-de-sac. This set the stage for a dramatic, God-given rescue.
~ They Israelites were headed northeastward, but they were instructed to camp on the west side of the Red Sea.
~ Scholars have debated whether this body of water was the “Red sea” or “the see of reeds”.
Call it what you will, it was a body of water sufficient enough to drown and large army with chariots and horses.
2. Pharaoh experiences a change of heart. - vss.5-9
When the dust settled from the plagues, Pharaoh and his inner circle realized their “slave machine” was on the loose.
~ God’s itinerary (Ex.13:18) served to lure a proud and hard-hearted Pharaoh into a disastrous trap.
~ With 600 select chariots plus others, and horsemen and an army, the Egyptians chase after the Israelites.
3. What happened when the Israelites spotted this cloud of dust (the mighty Egyptian army) from afar? – vss.10-12
While the Egyptians were licking their chops, the Israelites were panicked - - they became very frightened.
They were in a bind and they quickly became to complain: Have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?
~ Did we not tell you, Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? cf. Ex.6:9
4. How did the Israelites escape from this fix (the Egyptians charging on one side and the sea on the other)? – vss.13-31
Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord…The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.
As the Egyptian army drew closer God provided a barrier to allow Israel to prepare for the crossing. cf. vss.19-20
God told Moses to stop crying and tell the people to go forward.
~ Moses was to lift up his staff and hand and the sea would be parted providing a way of escape. Cf. 1Cor.10:13
And the sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea into dry land… (vs.22)
~As the Egyptians charged into the sea after the Israelites, God confounded them. cf. vss.24-25
~Then God brought judgment by telling Moses to stretch out his hand again directing the waters to cave. – cf. Ps.77:16f
Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.
~ This caused Israel (for the time being) to FEAR THE LORD and to BELIEVE IN THE LORD. – vs.31
The Song Of Moses And Israel / Chapter Fifteen
1. In celebration, Moses led the children of Israel in singing a song of victory. – vs.1
Miriam the prophetess (a sister to Moses & Aaron) led the women with timbrels and dancing for joy. – vs.20
Is it wrong to celebrate the destruction of one’s evil enemies? vss. 1b, 4-5, 7, 10 & 12
2. This was the beginning of a forty-year wilderness journey. Why did this trek take so long? – cf. Deut.8:2 & 16
Why did Israel need to be humbled? Why did they need to be tested (Ex.15:25b & 20:20)?
3. The story of the exodus is referenced often to remind God’s people of His strength and guidance.
cf. Ps.66; 78; 80-81; 105-106 & 136 with Isa.43:1-7; 52:11-12; 55:12-13 and Jer.16:14-15 & 23:7-8;
? Your assignment for next week: read Exodus 15:22f and chapters 16-17 4 regarding God’s provision of food & water.