The Lord Fights for Israel (Exodus 13:17-14:31)

Does God ever stop fighting for his people?  Does his saving work ever cease?  Absolutely not.  As Israel was leaving Egypt having experienced the miraculous provision of the Passover Lamb, the armies of Pharaoh come marching out to reclaim their lost slaves.  It is hard to imagine such a bull headed government who would attack a nation whose God had already decimated the homeland, but that is exactly what the Egyptian officials do.

So how does God intervene?  Very personally and tangibly he sends his presence to block the way between the saved and the doomed. Those who are save experience his light and miraculous power to part the sea, while those doomed experience his dark wrath and complete judgment.

Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long. (Exodus 14:19-20)

As the nation obeys God and crosses over the sea, the Lord releases his judgment upon Egypt and drowns the nation never to rise again.  How does this part of Israel’s history foretell the life and work of the God’s salvation through the Messiah?  Like Israel the Christian lives in constant need of following the leading of God and frequently the Lord will lead us into situations that are dangerous but from which he can rescue us miraculously. Christ’s life and death are just such a story.  In his omniscience God pins the entire hope of humanity on the Christ. If he fails, the destruction of God’s people is assured, but just as God’s Spirit was present at the Sea, God’s spirit was also present in the Christ and at the point of greatest need when the Savior was laying in the grave, the Spirit of God raised him from the dead.

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. (Romans 8:11)

Because of his resurrection the enemies of God were crushed and the security of the believer is assured and there is no longer any thing  a Christian needs to fear.  Just as God fought for Israel, he is fighting for you.

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About Scott Roberts

pastor of Hope in Christ Church, Bellingham, WA
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