Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today!
It is Wisdom Wednesday! I am excited you have stopped by because the Lord will share with us on the topic of REDEMPTION today. I pray that the following Scriptures and quotes will cause you to give thanks and bow in worship! How Great is our God!

Redemption 20“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Redemption 21

Redemption 19“He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9:12

Redemption 23

Redemption 15“For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6


Redemption 13“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:27-28

Redemption 11Redemption 16“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23″

Redemption end“And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.”  Revelation 5:9

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He is my God and I will praise Him

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Exodus 15 (NIV)
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:

“I will sing to the Lord,
    for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
    he has hurled into the sea.

“The Lord is my strength and my defense;
    he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
    my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a warrior;
    the Lord is his name.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his army
    he has hurled into the sea.
The best of Pharaoh’s officers
    are drowned in the Red Sea.
The deep waters have covered them;
    they sank to the depths like a stone.
Exodus 15.6Your right hand, Lord,
    was majestic in power.
Your right hand, Lord,
    shattered the enemy.

“In the greatness of your majesty
    you threw down those who opposed you.
You unleashed your burning anger;
    it consumed them like stubble.
By the blast of your nostrils
    the waters piled up.
The surging waters stood up like a wall;
    the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.
The enemy boasted,
    ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them.
I will divide the spoils;
    I will gorge myself on them.
I will draw my sword
    and my hand will destroy them.’
10 But you blew with your breath,
    and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead
    in the mighty waters.
11 Who among the gods
    is like you, Lord?
Who is like you—
    majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory,
    working wonders?

12 “You stretch out your right hand,
    and the earth swallows your enemies.
13 In your unfailing love you will leadExodus 15.13
    the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
    to your holy dwelling.
14 The nations will hear and tremble;
    anguish will grip the people of Philistia.
15 The chiefs of Edom will be terrified,
    the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling,
the people of Canaan will melt away;
16     terror and dread will fall on them.
By the power of your arm
    they will be as still as a stone—
until your people pass by, Lord,
    until the people you bought pass by.
17 You will bring them in and plant them
    on the mountain of your inheritance—
the place, Lord, you made for your dwelling,
    the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.

18 “The Lord reigns
    for ever and ever.”Exodus 15.18

19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. 20 Then Miriam the prophet,Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them:

“Sing to the Lord,
    for He is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
   He has hurled into the sea.”

The Israelites were moaning under their oppression and misery and the Lord heard their cry and acted in their behalf. Chapter 15 tells us that their moaning turned to praise and worship! Look what the Lord has done! 

After all three months of God speaking to our hearts through Exodus, chapters 1 – 14, which of the above verses speak to your heart?
Which one causes you the join the chorus of praise?
Is there a verse that gives you encouragement for your present circumstances?

What words would you use to sing a song unto the Lord?
Pray through these Scriptures in the first person in regards to your life!

Come let us worship together in the Spirit of holiness! God is great and greatly to be praised! Let everything that has breath, praise ye the Lord! 

Exodus 15.2-3

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I have come to lead them out

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Exodus 14
19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

What can a person say, the crossing of the Red Sea is a flat out miracle! Oh, I know, there are people who study and search for scientific evidence of what weather phenomenon took place on the day the Israelites crossed the Red Sea. This is okay, whatever satisfies your intellectual curiosity. For me, just don’t need it. It is just simply, look at the love, grace, mercy and power of “I AM THAT I AM”, Jehovah God, the Almighty Most High God…and then smile, knowing that He is my Father! SHOUT NOW! HALLELUJAH! I really don’t need scientific proof, what happened at the Red Sea is proof enough for me to know that there is no God like Jehovah and His all-surpassing Supremacy!

I come to the Red Sea and see God’s faithfulness and commitment to His children and am reminded of these words from a previous post (The People Cry for Help):

The Lord appears to Moses and speaks…I have not forgotten you or my people in Egypt:

  • I have certainly seen their oppression
  • I have heard their cries of distress
  • I am aware of their suffering
  • I HAVE COME to rescue them
  • I HAVE COME to lead them out
  • I HAVE COME to lead into their own fertile and spacious land
  • Their cry has reached me
  • I have seen
  • Now you go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh to lead my people out”

I stand at the Red Sea and see God’s commitment to rescue His children! His commitment to destroy the enemy. Just a flat out miracle…He parts the water, stands it up in two walls, and the Israelites walk across on DRY ground. The Lord then released the water and destroyed those enemies that He had promised the Israelites that they would never see again. SHOUT NOW! No weather phenomenon caused this…it was the love of God for a people He had called unto Himself!  Hallelujah!!!

How could we stand at the Red Sea and not see Jesus!?! Jehovah God so loving the world that He gave His only begotten Son to come to our rescue and redeem us by His blood! You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8). And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:15). (“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again (Mark 8:3).”  

All the while displaying His glory, verse 31, And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.” 

The blessing is that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and He remains the God who sees, knows, and is concerned for His children! His power is everlasting and The Lord is still working miracle after miracle after miracle for His children for in Him, we live, move and have our being. We can’t even walk without Him holding our hand!
HALLELUJAH!!! YES AND AMEN!!!

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
“who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8).”

Acts 17.28

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Worship Sunday

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To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 4:20

To God Be the Glory!

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Refrain:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Refrain:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

Refrain:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done…

 

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Pharaoh’s lesson to us

Isaiah 43.7C

Exodus 14:15-18
15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. 16 Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. 17 And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

Very short today writing today and then the Word…Pharaoh had a hard time getting it, may it not take us as long for rebellion is costly to ourselves and others! The lesson:

We are on this earth for God’s glory, not our own!

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (Ephesians 1:4-6)

I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Isaiah 43:6-7)

For My own name’s sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of M praise I hold it back from you, so as not to destroy you completely. 10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. 11 For My own sake, for My own sake, I do this.  How can I let Myself be defamed? I will not yield My glory to another. (Isaiah 48:9-11) [Pharoah had a real hard time with this one. It ultimately cost him his life.]

When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to Your miracles; they did not remember Your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. Yet He saved them for His name’s sake, to make His mighty power known. (Psalm 106:7-8)

17 For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. (Romans 9:17)

18 Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the One who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. (John 7:18)

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us. (1 Peter 1:12)

44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? (John 5:44)

After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. (John 17:1)

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)

14 He [Holy Spirit] will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:14)

31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11)

24 “Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world. (John 17:24)

Habakkuk 2.14

Luke 9.23bRomans 11.36

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Man ought always to pray and not lose heart

Luke 18.1

Exodus 14:13-18
13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. 16 Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. 17 And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

Luke 18:21 recounts Jesus as He was speaking to His disciples, “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.

Moses understood the principle of Luke 18:21, certainly he has had to pray his way through this Exodus experience. Memory recalls that it was not always with the known enemy, Pharaoh, but with those God sent him to deliver [When God Doesn’t Move the Mountain].

The Scriptures do not tell us but I would imagine that when the Israelites panicked when the saw the Egyptians coming, Moses got to praying. Two million rebelling people who are blaming you for what they perceive to be an oncoming slaughter needs a response. Moses knew that the proper response to the issue at hand is prayer. It is prayer that enables him to have an encouraging Word to share in the midst of their attack and verse 15 tells us that he was crying out to God even after he encouraged them.

We are not given the words to Moses’ prayer but afterward, “Then” the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Yes, man ought to always pray and man ought to always put the action of faith to those prayers. It is time to move forward in the plan of God and it is Moses’ prayer that the Lord responds to and not the cries of fear of the Israelites. God responds to Moses’ faith that says this is bigger than me, I need Your help. The Lord responds to faith. It is the economy of the Kingdom. “And without faith it is impossible to please God…(Hebrews 11:6).”

I also see the Lord saying “Listen, I have provided your way, you need to step out in faith and receive my answer, praying as you go, BUT GET UP AND GO.” He then begins to give Moses very specific steps to take: tell the Israelites to move forward, raise your staff, stretch your hand out over the sea. Then the waters will divide and the Israelites can go through the sea on dry land. 

And isn’t that our problem sometimes, it is not that God has not answered our prayers but that our faith is so much stronger when we know the entire picture and see the outcome. :-)  BUT GOD does not always answer our prayers with the entire picture. In fact most times, it is a step-by-step revelation of the details of our victory. I like to call it ‘process’ because it is in the step-by-step obedience that we develop faith…and just think, mustard-seed faith moves mountains.

Prayer in agreement with God’s Word will direct our steps and make our path straight. Following the Lord will always bring us to His specific place and purpose for our lives. So another one of my life passages that reassures me that God will bring me through step-by-step or in an instant is below.
However He does it, I will be satisfied! Praise His Holy Name!

Isaiah 43:1-3a, 10-13
1 But now, this is what the Lord says—

    he who created you, Jacob [Pat],
    he who formed you, Israel [Pat]:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are Mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
3a For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe Me
    and understand that I am He.
Before Me no god was formed,
    nor will there be one after Me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord,
    and apart from Me there is no Savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
    I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days I am He.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
    When I act, who can reverse it?”

1Thes 5.17A

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You need only to be still

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Be still, my soul and trust in the Lord!

Exodus 14:13-14
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

The Israelites are camped at the exact spot the Lord commanded. Pharaoh has changed his mind and decided to go get the Israelites and bring them back to Egypt and subject them to more bondage, suffering, and affliction. The Israelites have panicked and forgotten everything the Lord has ever promised and done; they even accused Moses of taking them out of Egypt against their will. 

Once again, we are blessed to see the love, grace, and mercy of our compassionate God! I am so very thankful that He is God and am not. You see, I know myself well enough to know that by now I am ready to throw my hands up and tell the Israelites, “so you think you would have been better off in Egypt, here me help you” and withdrawn my presence. BUT NOT GOD, instead He sends Moses with a Word of encouragement. 

“But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.  The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”” 

This is a life verse for me. Life hasn’t always been easy or kind, there have been struggles and disappointments…flat out battles than had to be won. I could not win them on my own. BUT GOD! I know for myself, this is not second-hand information, God is faithful and every promise is true!  

Yep! This is a life verse and when life becomes topsy turvy , this is the verse I breathe and meditate upon. The power of the Word has never failed me yet! How could it for Jesus is the Living Word!? He came to give life eternal, abundant, full, and free! This verse instructs me and helps me to lay down my own weapons and rely on the ones He has given. “The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Someone asked recently, what do you believe. One thing I believe is put your finger on the Word. God does change, no shifting or turning of shadow in Him. I am a “God said it, I believe it, that settles it” believer in Jesus the Christ, my Lord and Savior. Now, just to set the record straight, this is the God of the Holy Bible…not a god of man’s creation. But the Great God “I AM THAT I AM”, Jehovah! The Sovereign, Supreme Ruler and Maker, The High and Holy One, Righteous, Pure and Perfect! 

This God created me and has spoken in every regard and aspect of my life. All of life, whether topsy, turvy or not is a ‘put your finger on the Word’ moment. What does God say in His love letter written to mankind, to me? The Israelites failed to do this. Two million people have forgotten that God told them His plan and purpose and they are ready to turn back despite His proving His power and faithfulness. What did God say, protects us from turning back. Believing and receiving what God has said keeps us from turning back. Settling into His Word in obedient faith and waiting for God’s timing to manifest His promises gives us victory. It allows the believer to not fear and stay calm as the Lord fights for us and comes to our rescue. 

Surely, Jesus did this at Calvary, purchasing our salvation with His precious blood for all who will believe and receive ! He released our guilty chains, stand firm in the Word-strongholds can come down, yokes can be broken. Romans 8:32 is also a life verse. It says, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”

2 Corinthians 10:3-5
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Put your finger on the Word. Renew your mind by the Word.
Stand firm and see the deliverance of the Lord!

God said it

Exodus 14.14

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Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! 
Our church family is blessed to be in Revival Services this week. I pray that you will be blessed by these Scriptures and quotes as we pray that God would revive us again!

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.  Psalm 143:8

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For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
    in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. Psalm 143:11

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Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
    that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14

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Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
    that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Isaiah 26:8

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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

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The Lord hears the needy
    and does not despise his captive people. Psalm 69:33

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Blessings to you today! Be encouraged in the love, grace, and mercy of the Lord!
Please use the comment section below to offer praise to the Almighty God and
encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Christ!

Revive Us Again, William P. Mackay

  1. We praise Thee, O God!
    For the Son of Thy love,
    For Jesus Who died,
    And is now gone above.

    • Refrain:
      Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
      Hallelujah! Amen.
      Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
      Revive us again.
  2. We praise Thee, O God!
    For Thy Spirit of light,
    Who hath shown us our Savior,
    And scattered our night.
  3. All glory and praise
    To the Lamb that was slain,
    Who hath borne all our sins,
    And hath cleansed every stain.
  4. All glory and praise
    To the God of all grace,
    Who hast brought us, and sought us,
    And guided our ways.
  5. Revive us again;
    Fill each heart with Thy love;
    May each soul be rekindled
    With fire from above.

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How soon we forget

Psalm 105.5

Exodus 14:5-12
When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!”  So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.

10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!””

You would think that the last thing Pharaoh would want after 10 plagues with the last one bringing the death of his firstborn son, the firstborn sons of his officials, and the firstborn sons of his people, would be another judgment of the Lord! What could be worse? You would think he would not want any further trouble and disaster. But no, his hard heart rolls further downward and I can imagine him changing his mind and having a fit about the Israelites being gone. Afterall, who is going to do all that work? He gathers 600 of his best chariots and other chariots, horsemen and troops to go after them to bring them back.

Can you imagine as well what 600+ chariots, horsemen and troops could do to these defenseless people who left Egypt on foot without one chariot?

And then there is the Israelites who should know full well about all the plagues and how God spared them and their firstborn sons. They should know how they did not lift a finger but by God’s might and power they left Egypt after plundering the Egyptians. Surely, the Israelites should remember that God shared His plan and purpose with them and told them to expect Pharaoh. But no, in spite of all this, they panic and accuse Moses of forcing them to leave Egypt against their will to be brought to the desert to die. It would have been better to serve the Egyptians than die in the desert. It is as though they have forgotten the wonders, miracles, rulings, and promises of God.

How soon we forget the love, grace, mercy, power, protection, defense, kindness, supply…wonders and miracles of the Lord! I read Exodus 14 and am reminded of Psalm 103. We should never forget for He is worthy of all our praise, honor, and trust!

Let all that I am praise the Lord
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.

Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

The Lord gives righteousness
    and justice to all who are treated unfairly.

He revealed his character to Moses
    and his deeds to the people of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
    slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He will not constantly accuse us,
    nor remain angry forever.
10 He does not punish us for all our sins;
    he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
    is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
12 He has removed our sins as far from us
    as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children,
    tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he knows how weak we are;
    he remembers we are only dust.
15 Our days on earth are like grass;
    like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
16 The wind blows, and we are gone—
    as though we had never been here.
17 But the love of the Lord remains forever
    with those who fear him.
His salvation extends to the children’s children
18     of those who are faithful to his covenant,
    of those who obey his commandments!

19 The Lord has made the heavens his throne;
    from there he rules over everything.

20 Praise the Lord, you angels,
    you mighty ones who carry out his plans,
    listening for each of his commands.
21 Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels
    who serve him and do his will!
22 Praise the Lord, everything he has created,
    everything in all his kingdom.

Let all that I am praise the Lord.

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The Lord’s plan

Psalm 33.11

Exodus 14:1-4
“Then the Lord gave these instructions to Moses: “Order the Israelites to turn back and camp by Pi-hahiroth between Migdol and the sea. Camp there along the shore, across from Baal-zephon. Then Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are confused. They are trapped in the wilderness!’ And once again I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after you. I have planned this in order to display my glory through Pharaoh and his whole army. After this the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord!” So the Israelites camped there as they were told.”

Can you imagine, the Israelites’ hearts and  minds are set on one thing, get out of Egypt, be free from the suffering and slavery, get as far away as they can, and find this new promised land the Lord has told them about…and the Lord’s instructions are to “turn back and camp.” 

My, my, my! How blessed the Israelites were that the Lord immediately gave the reason why, ‘Pharaoh will think that you are confused and trapped in the wilderness. I will hardened his heart once again and he will chase you. I have planned this to display My glory through Pharaoh and his army. When this is done, the Egyptians will know that I Am the Lord.’  

The Israelites were blessed because the Lord shared not only His plan but His purpose for the plan. We all know that He does not always choose to do so. Abraham comes to my heart. “The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you (Genesis 12:1).” 

I am sure you could list the times the Lord spoke to your heart and commanded you to take some action (or not) and you did not understand why. It did not necessarily make sense in your finite mind or tickle your flesh. In truth, we have all wrestled with God about a thing or two. It was in these times that Proverbs 3:5-6 became more than verses memorized but “a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). They became steps up the ladder of faith.  Continue reading “The Lord’s plan”