Bible Study Notes on Exodus 14:1-18 – 20181230

WritingIIIExodus 14:2  “…that they turn and camp…”
Commentaries suggest the people had been going southeast which would have taken them out of Egyptian territory.  But God redirects them toward the Red Sea.  He’s obviously using the situation to trap the Egyptians and show Himself mighty to the Israelites.

4  “…he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh…”
God lays out His reasons.  This will not only settle the question of Who He is for the Egyptians, but other nations will hear of it as well.  Rahab spoke of it to the spies forty years later.

5  “…Why have we done this…”
They’ve just lost every firstborn in the country.  The depravity of a mind without God knows no bounds.  We wonder today how people can do the things they do which are evil beyond imagination.  But that is the reality of fallen man.  Without God, man is not inherently good, but evil.  Left to himself, he will destroy everything, including that which he claims to love and himself.

6  “…took his people with him”
Wondered at the particular wording.  Made it sound like everyone went.  But commentary suggests it was a distinction between military groups.  The next verse mentions both choice chariots and the chariots of Egypt.  Perhaps Pharaoh’s palace troops and his regular troops.  At any rate, it appears he rousted all of his armies.

9  “…Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea…”
As God planned.  Killing several birds with one stone.

11  “…Why have you so dealt with us…”
The whining begins.  Didn’t matter what they had seen done in Egypt.  And unfortunately, it won’t matter what they are about to witness, they will refuse to trust God.  Can’t be too hard on them.  I’m no better.

12  “…better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die…”
No true taste for freedom, just desire for easier servitude.  Breaks my heart when I see this among Americans today.  They’re willing to give up their hard fought freedoms for an illusion of safety and comfort.

15  “…Why do you cry to Me…”
He’s not talking about asking Him what to do.  He’s talking about whining.  Why are they crying out instead of trusting Him and asking what He wants them to do next?  They should have been saying, OK Lord, we’re here and ready to trust you.  What do we do next?  And He would have said, get ready to cross through the sea on dry ground.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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