Originally written 9/9/2012
This week we jump in to the Red Sea. We have been talking about the life of Moses, and ended last quarter with the Israelites being set free from slavery in Egypt. This week we learn the point that “God helps us when we’re afraid.”
The Israelites are just like us, you know. They were slaves to the Egyptians, and God brought them out of it. But even though they had just seen the ten plagues and the miraculous escape first hand, they were getting worried again. Even though they had the physical cloud and fire that they could see every day, guiding them through the desert, they were worried again. It looked like they were trapped! The Red Sea on one side, the Egyptian army on the other.
We were slaves, to sin. Jesus brought us out of it. We have all seen amazing aspects of what God has done in our lives. We may have even witnessed physical miracles. But there always seems to come a time when our backs are against the wall. The Egyptians are caving in on us. There doesn’t seem to be a way out of whatever mess we are in. And we cry out in terror.
From the Message: Exodus 14:12- “They were totally afraid. They cried out in terror to God. They told Moses, “Weren’t the cemeteries large enough in Egypt so that you had to take us out here in the wilderness to die? What have you done to us, taking us out of Egypt? Back in Egypt didn’t we tell you this would happen? Didn’t we tell you, ‘Leave us alone here in Egypt—we’re better off as slaves in Egypt than as corpses in the wilderness.'” 13 Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today. Take a good look at the Egyptians today for you’re never going to see them again. 14 God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut!”
God knew what he was doing through the whole experience. Even when it looked like there was no hope, God had a plan through it all. He wanted the Israelites to go through the dry Red Sea so that he could destroy the Egyptians a second later. And much later, that became the cornerstone of the Israelite faith, the major miracle they looked back to.
So we learn that God had a plan. He was going to take care of his Israelite people. And we know God does not change. He has a plan, and is going to take care of his people. Us. Me.
One of my favorite verses- Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?…
Learning to have that faith, Growing that faith, that God will take care of us always- For me and many of you it started long ago when we were in Sunday School. And my prayer is that for these kids you will be teaching this lesson to this Sunday, it will begin also. Blessings!