Listen as Dr. Stanley examines the story of the Red Sea parting and its meaning for us today. The same God who led His people out of slavery and into a new country will also deliver us from difficulty—and show His glory in the process.
Also this week: Walking Through Dark Times With God
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Escaping a Desperate Situation
KEY PASSAGE: Exodus 14:1-31
SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES: Exodus 1:8 | Isaiah 41:9-13
Many of us are familiar with one of the most interesting and amazing events in the Old Testament, but we may not understand how it applies to us.
After all, how could an event that happened thousands of years ago be relevant in the 21st century? It’s because nothing in the Bible is unnecessary or unimportant. Although civilizations and cultures frequently change, the principles found in Scripture remain constant because our God never changes. He has given us this book to teach us who He is and how He operates so we can apply His Word to our lives.
The book of Genesis records the story of Joseph, who was sold into Egyptian slavery by his jealous brothers. After God gave him the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream, Joseph was promoted to the position of overseer of Egypt. His interpretation and wise advice saved the Egyptians from starvation due to an extended drought, and it also provided an opportunity for Joseph’s extended family to join him in Egypt. The Israelites multiplied so quickly during their 400-year stay in Egypt that a future pharaoh, who didn’t know Joseph, enslaved them because he was afraid they might become powerful enough to be a threat to the Egyptians.
God chose a Hebrew man named Moses to lead the sons of Israel out of Egypt. He’d been raised and educated as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. However, after he killed an Egyptian who was beating a fellow Hebrew, he was forced to flee for his life and ended up spending 40 years in the Midian wilderness until the day the Lord spoke to him in a burning bush. God sent Moses back to Egypt to set His people free and bring them to the land He’d promised to give them.
Because Pharaoh was hard-hearted and stubborn, the Lord sent 10 plagues to the land of Egypt. Finally, when the last plague resulted in the loss of all the firstborns in Egypt, Pharaoh relented and let the Hebrews go.
There are five principles we can learn from the Israelites great escape.
1. God always knows which way is best. Although Pharaoh had let the children of Israel leave Egypt after the 10th plague, shortly afterward he regretted his decision, assembled his army, and set out to bring them back. Under God’s leadership the Israelites had arrived and set up camp near the Red Sea when