READING Exodus 12:29-36; Exodus 14:5-31
Moses was not particularly equipped to lead an entire nation of people out of Egypt and back home, yet he trusted what God could do through him – and God delivered. After a series of plagues, the Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go. However, almost immediately afterwards, he changed his mind and sent his army after them. Imagine the fear and despair the Israelites must have felt. They had tasted freedom, but the sound of chariot wheels and galloping hooves was bringing back slavery. When they saw a sea stretching ahead of them, they gave up hope. Yet for God, nothing is impossible. He commanded them to keep moving forward, even when forward movement seemed impossible. The seas opened up, let them pass, and swallowed their slavery up whole. Chaos was swallowed up in order, and as promised, God had saved His people.
Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.