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The Israelites cross the Red Sea

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Based on Exodus 14

After Pharaoh had let the Israelites go from slavery, he and his officials changed their minds. They said, “What have we done? We’ve let the people of Israel go! We’ve lost our slaves and all the work they used to do for us!”  So he had his chariot made ready. He took his army with him. Pharaoh chased the Israelites as they were marching out boldly. They caught up with the Israelites as they camped by the sea.

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked back. There were the Egyptians marching after them! The Israelites were terrified. They cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Why did you bring us to the desert to die? Weren’t there any graves in Egypt? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die here in the desert!”

Moses answered the people. He said, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm. You will see how the Lord will save you today. Do you see those Egyptians? You will never see them again. The Lord will fight for you. Just be still.”

Then the Lord spoke to Moses. He said, “Hold out your walking stick. Reach out your hand over the Red Sea to divide the water. Then the people can go through the sea on dry ground. I will make the Egyptians stubborn. They will go in after the Israelites. I will gain glory for myself because of what will happen to Pharaoh, his army, chariots and horsemen.  The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.”

Then Moses reached out his hand over the Red Sea. All that night the Lord pushed the sea back with a strong east wind. He turned the sea into dry land. The waters were divided. The people of Israel went through the sea on dry ground. There was a wall of water on their right side and on their left.

The Egyptians chased them. All Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. Near the end of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud. He saw the Egyptian army and threw it into a panic. He jammed the wheels of their chariots. That made the chariots hard to drive. The Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for Israel against Egypt.”

Then the Lord spoke to Moses. He said, “Reach out your hand over the sea. The waters will flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” So Moses reached out his hand over the sea. At sunrise the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians tried to run away from the sea. But the Lord swept them into it. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen. It covered the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the people of Israel into the sea. Not one of the Egyptians was left.

But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground. There was a wall of water on their right side and on their left.  That day the Lord saved Israel from the power of Egypt. The Israelites saw the amazing power the Lord showed against the Egyptians. So the Israelites had great respect for the Lord and put their trust in him.


What does this mean for me?

God set the Israelites free from slavery by parting the Red Sea so they could escape from the Egyptians. They believed in God and saw a great miracle. We can put our faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross and be free from the power of sin. That is also a great miracle!

Read Hebrews 11:29 in the Bible!

The people of Israel had faith. So, they passed through the Red Sea. They went through it as if it were dry land. The Egyptians tried to do it also. But they drowned.

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