I was just on the edge of falling asleep a few nights back when into my mind came a scripture. “Remember that,” I thought, “I’ll look it up in the morning.” But then this thought, “you’ll forget, better write it down.” Bummer! No paper or pen at my bedside. A few more minutes passed before I finally convinced myself to get up and take care of this persistent thought.
Exodus 14:9 and then verse 2. I opened my Bible to Exodus 14 and began to read verse 2 when I heard, very strongly to read verse 9 and then verse 2. “The Egyptians pursued them, all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and his horsemen and his army, and overtook them encamped at the sea, by Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.” (Vs.9) Then vs. 2 — “Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing it, by the sea.”
I went back to bed and was later awakened at 3 in the morning with, “Want to talk with Me about those verses?”
After a miraculous deliverance from Egypt, the Israelites found themselves in what seemed an impossible situation — the Egyptian army was behind them and the Red Sea was before them, there seemed to be no way of escape. They feared greatly saying to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? …it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”
From the story in Exodus (vs. 2) we see that YHVH arranged these “impossible” circumstances. Yashua told his disciples in John 9 that the man born blind was not because of a sin issue but so that the works of God might be displayed in him. And we see Moses saying to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of Yahweh, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. Yahweh will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
What may begin with a victorious shout and a hand held high in triumph can quickly become a ruin of fear and hopelessness if we take our eyes off the One leading us. So, why did Yahweh tell Moses to turn the people around and put themselves in this impossible situation? It is for the same answer Yashua gave His disciples; “…so that the works of God might be displayed…”
When we are tempted to think that all hope is lost, the situation seems impossible to overcome refer to James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” And remember 2Corinthians 10:3-6, “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”
God parted the Red Sea for the Israelites, and they walked across on dry ground. Their persecutors tried to follow but were drowned when the Red Sea returned to its place. Rav Shaul tells us in Romans 8:28, “… that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Keep in mind that “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Mat 19:26) Yahweh is the Master Arranger of situations and circumstances!