A Bright New Look Forward (4 Of 4) by Nelson Price

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EXODUS 14: 13 - 16

JESUS CHRIST said to His followers: "Go into all the world
and make disciples..." God's people have always been under
orders. His orders often involve the little word "go." God wants His
people to have a BRIGHT NEW LOOK FORWARD in order that
they might GO FORWARD. An illustration forming a pattern for
many is found in Exodus 14.

It detracts a bit from the story when you know the end from
the beginning. To understand something of the emotion of the
people involved in the epoch recorded in Exodus, remember they
did not know the end from the beginning. They knew only that
Moses had promised to lead them as Jehovah directed him. Their
confidence was, at the point we pick up the story, at an all time low.
They knew only that the moaning sea was before them and a
raging army behind them.

They were right where God wanted them.

They were bivouacked between Pi-Hahiroth and Baal-
Zephon. They were in a hopeless situation.

We see ourselves mirrored in them. God had blessed and
cared for them up to this point. He had promised to give them a
land flowing with milk and honey. However, many past blessings
are forgotten in light of one present perplexity.

Pharaoh's army had them hemmed-up in a narrow plain with
mountains on one side, an expansive marsh on the other, and the
Red Sea before them. God wanted His people to go forward. They
unduly delayed. Let's pick up the story at that point.


Moses and the people had been crying out to God. Mixed
with their prayers for deliverance were cries of despair and
derision. This added to their paralysis of fear.

When the Lord hears our complaints against the backdrop of
blessings He must feel like saying, "Stop your sniveling you wimps
and trust Me. I will see you through. I have given you this occasion
to demonstrate to others the vitality of yo ...

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