Good Afternoon Everyone,
I trust your week is going well and that you all enjoyed the long weekend! We spent Labor day out at the beach with some friends and it was absolutely lovely. The girls enjoyed flying kites and collecting various things the ocean had dropped in the sand for us to sift through.
Those of us who were here on Sunday (it was a smaller crew than usual) really enjoyed Becky Ankeny’s visit and were excited to get to know her a little better and it was nice to have her and her husband join us after worship for our BBQ. If you are bummed you missed Becky’s message (on Exodus 12) you’re in luck and can listen to it online via our new podcast webpage (click here to listen or download the audio).
This Sunday: The Parting of the Sea (Exodus 14:19-31)
Here is the passage we’ll be reflecting on this week:
The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch theLord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.’
Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.’ So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.
Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.
Does anything grab you about this story?
What do you notice about this story that you may not have noticed in past readings of this story?
Have you ever experienced a “Red Sea” experience, a liberation that involved a fiery (or in this case watery) trial before you could move forward?
I look forward to seeing you all this week.