A Way Out!
After 430 years, the Israelites now exit Egypt (Exodus 12:41). When Joseph invited his family to escape the famine in the land and move to Egypt, there were about seventy of them. Now the Israelites numbered as many as two and a half million.
God was leading His people out of slavery, and He was guiding them by a cloud (Exodus 13:21) back to the land promised to their forefather, Abraham. But Pharaoh has a change of heart once again and calls for all his chariots and officers to pursue the Israelites and bring them back. Pharoah refused to submit to God. And since Pharoah continues to rebel against God, the Bible declares God hardens his heart (Exodus 14:4). God is never surprised by the turn of events in history. Nothing is ever too hard for the Creator God; nothing can alter His Sovereign plan. His desire is for all men to know He is the great “I Am” (Exodus 14:4).
As Pharoah and his charioteers approach God’s people, the Israelites are overcome with fear because they see no way out (Exodus 14:10-12). They are trapped by the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptian army behind them. They have already forgotten that God brought them out of Egypt by His mighty hand.
When we come up against something too big for us, we panic or run in fright. Honestly, even small tasks are not within our capacity to complete apart from God. The Bible is straightforward: “. . . apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
“The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”Exodus 14:14
The Lord positions the pillar of cloud between the Israelite camp and the Egyptian army, “. . . and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided.” (Exodus 14:21)
When God put Adam and Eve out of the garden, away from Him, there was no way back into the garden, and they could not make things right between them and God. Only God could provide a way so that they could be accepted once again by Him. It was God who provided a way for Abel to be accepted by God. Only God could save Noah and his family from the flood. When Isaac was bound and placed on the altar and his father had the knife raised above him, only God could save him. The parents of the firstborn children of Israel could not save their children from death unless God chose to provide a way. Likewise, Israel could not escape from the Egyptians unless God made a way for them.
It is the same with us. We cannot make a way to escape the wrath of God. We cannot make things right between us and God by the things we do. Only God can save us from everlasting punishment.Firm Foundations, Creation to Christ
The Lord protected his people so that the great Deliverer would be born into the world, and so that His Word would be shared with the world.