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Exodus 14:13-14

Exodus 14:13-14

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I. Jehovah planned to lead the people of Israel through a difficult terrain in Sinai Desert for a purpose (Exodus 13:17-22)

1. Jehovah brought them to a place of no escape (from bad to worse!)

(a) Hard and a rock place
(b) Hemmed them in
(c) Tightened the noose
(d) End of the cliff, etc.

2. The people of Israel only saw the situation around, but failed to see God’s plan (10-12)

(a) They saw the Pharaoh and his army
(b) They feared greatly
(c) Their faith was shaken

3. Without the knowledge of God’s plan, the people of Israel reacted negatively

(a) Questioned their decision to leave Egypt (verses 11) [Their past miserable days seemed “good old days” Douglas Stuart NAC]
(b) Questioned their leader (Verses 12)
(c) Became fearful (verse 13)

II. God’s plan was to defeat the enemy, make them cross the Red Sea to go towards the Promised Land, reveal Himself to them, and build their faith (cf. 13-14)

1. Stop fearing (verse 13)—the use of with the jussive has the force of “stop fearing.” It is a more immediate negative command
2. Stand firm (verse 13)
3. See the salvation/deliverance (verse 13)
4. Jehovah would fight for them (Verse 14)

III. Three lessons from Exodus 14:1-14

1. When God calls His people for any task, they need not be without challenges

2. When a certain situation is not in your control, do not try to solve it because God may be revealing Himself to you—it is the time to stay still

3. When you face challenges, do not blame others or attempt to go back to your place of comfort

IV. Theology

No situation or human being (how much ever powerful they are) can stop God’s plan for His people

V. Jesus’ disciples faced similar situation in the Sea of Galilee (Mark 6:45-52)

1. Unable to make progress (one step forward and two steps backward)
2. The wind was against them
3. Unable to manoeuvre in their familiar territory

VI. Jesus used (orchestrated) their situation to reveal to them that He is YHWH

VII. Take Away

Let God handle your uncertain, unpleasant, halted, difficult situations by suspending all your strivings

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org