Key Passage: Exodus 15:18-21
Jacob came to Egypt with 70 people which grew to over 600,000. Pharaoh was afraid if the Israelites joined with his enemies Egypt’s army would be defeated. So he put the Israelites to slavery and they built and made wealth for Pharaoh. This was not enough for Pharaoh, he introduced a law that all newborn Hebrew males must be killed. The suffering of the people was so great they cried out to God. Moses was sent to deliver the Israelites from Egypt. The night of Passover the Israelites received gold, silver, and clothing from the Egyptians it was their pay day for the years of slave labour. God parted the Red Sea for His people to cross over to dry land. Then God destroyed Pharaoh’s army when they followed the Israelites across the Red Sea.
2 key events occurred for the Israelites to escape Egypt:
- Passover – as the angel of death passed through the city the Israelites were saved by the blood of the lamb. Today as New Testament believers Jesus is the Passover Lamb, our Saviour.
- Crossing the Red Sea – as the Israelites crossed the Red sea they became the nation of Israel. 1 Corinthians 10:2 – all Israelites were under the cloud, the visible presence of God which then turned into fire at night. They were all baptised into Moses which means oneness and solidarity in their faith and trust in God.
Crossing the Red Sea meant:
- The days of hard labour are over – Israelites are free from slavery
- Israelites became a nation under God – it is a birth of a nation
- It marked the beginning of the Israelites spiritual walk of faith and trust.
What the Israelites learnt:
- God’s supernatural provision – God rained bread from heaven, dew and springs for water. Quail was sent for meat.
- God’s supernatural power – He saved them from slavery, parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to cross, the wall of Jericho fell down for them in battle
- God’s protection in battle – God destroyed the army of Egypt
- God’s guidance and leadership – the cloud by day showed them where to go and also provided them shade in the desert. The fire by night continued to lead them and also provided warmth in the desert. When the cloud stayed still, the Israelites made camp and when the cloud started to move, they knew that they would need to pack up and keep going to the promised land.
Grace Christian Church from now on we must have the boldness and faith to obey God. Be courageous and trust in Him.
God bless you,
If you would like to accept Jesus into your heart please pray the following prayer.
“Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sins. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Jesus to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour.”
If you have just prayed this prayer and accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, congratulations! We invite you to contact us as we would love to pray a blessing over your life and help guide you on your journey.
The next step: as a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.
- Get baptised as commanded by Christ.
- Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
- Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
- Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
- Find a local church where you can worship God.
God bless you.