Follow Me: Deliverance
Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible
The Hebrews had barely left Egypt when God told them to go back and camp by the Red Sea. They are finally on their way to worship him, and he sent them back to set up camp in a dangerous place. Hemmed in by the Red Sea, should they be attacked there was no way of escape. It appeared God did not know what he was doing.
To the contrary, God knew exactly what he was doing. The Egyptians who suffered under Pharaoh’s arrogant reign are not a lost cause. Before God departed with his people, he did the Egyptians a favor. His people were ordered to go back because he is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to the knowledge of the truth. God ordered his people to go back because he wanted “the Egyptians” to know that he is LORD. Part of the salvation process is to know who is LORD.
Pharaoh and the lackeys that kept him in power are a lost cause and the reason Egypt suffered. Pharaoh had already given the Hebrews permission to leave with all of their possessions. When he received word that they were following a pillar of fire out of Egypt reality shook Pharaoh and his lackeys. They had a good deal. The Hebrew’s were doing the dirty work building Pharaoh’s treasure cities. Without them the Egyptians would have to do the dirty work. If the Egyptians had to haul mud they might rebel and Pharaoh and his lackeys might be overthrown.
The Hebrews were distressed when they saw Pharaoh approaching and complained too soon. God had everything under control. The Pillar of Cloud moved to the rear of the Hebrews to face his enemy halting the advance of Pharaoh and his army. The Cloud covered the Egyptians in darkness and gave light to the Hebrews keeping them apart while God made a way of escape.
An east wind blew all night driving back the waters and drying the land. God’s things have a way of blessing his friends and destroying his enemies. The Hebrews way of escape became a tomb for the Egyptians when God jammed the wheels of their chariots. The Hebrews heard the Egyptians say, “The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.” At God’s command Moses stretched his hand over the sea and the wall of water collapsed. Not one Egyptian survived.
The Hebrews’ were free of these arrogant rulers and so were the Egyptians, because the God of Abraham is Lord. There is no one like him. There is no one like him in all of Egypt, no one like him in all the earth.
“For I know that the Lord is great,
And our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases He does,
In heaven and in earth,
In the seas and in all deep places.
 From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.
 All Scripture is from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.
 Exodus 14:4
 Romans 10:9
 New King James Version