We’ve probably seen cinematic depictions of Israel before the Red Sea—Dreamworks’ The Prince of Egypt or Charlton Heston in The 10 Commandments. Whatever vision comes to your mind, the terrifying experience brought the people to a crossroads. Would they turn back to the oppressive yet predictable existence of Egypt, or trust God to bring a new deliverance? The same questions confront us in the terrifying experiences of our lives. Will we wait on God’s deliverance?

Exodus 14:5; 10-14; 21-22
Exodus 14:5; 10-14; 21-22 / New International Version (NIV)

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!”

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10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

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21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

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