God leads the people out of Egypt but not using the quick route. The Lord takes them the long way, by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” We have seen that God’s ways are not always easy, but He is always in control and working behind the scenes for our good.
So the children of Israel depart Egypt carrying Joseph’s bones as promised, and the Lord leads them by day in a pillar of cloud and by night in a pillar of fire. But when the Egyptians pursue them, the children of Israel question Moses – “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?” The children of Israel are on a faith journey too. They can’t see what the Lord is doing behind the scenes, so they lash out at Moses. However, the Lord is going to take them into the wilderness and teach them how to walk by faith, but it isn’t going to be an easy process. It never is, but oh how it’s so worth it!
So Moses tells the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” And that is exactly what happens. The Lord again works on behalf of the Israelites and delivers them through the Red Sea, crushing their enemies. Then Moses and the children of Israel sing a beautiful song of worship and praise to the Lord. And Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron, leads the ladies in worship and dance.
But – three days later – no water. The praise stops. The complaining starts. The Lord provides, as He always does. How long will it take Israel to learn to trust the Lord in the midst of difficult circumstances? Keep reading to find out. (Exodus 13:1-15:27)