Moses wasn’t what a person would call excited about going to Pharaoh. After God assured Moses of who God was Moses does eventually go. He leaves the place he is living and meets up with Aaron. Before he goes to Pharaoh he goes to the people who will be freed and does the signs God had given Moses to perform.
Moses approaches Pharaoh and just as God said he does not instantly let the Isralites go. Pharaoh fights back and makes the work harder for the Israelite people. Each time Moses goes to Pharaoh God sends a warning of a plauge to Pharaoh of what will happen if the people are not released. Each time Pharaoh refuses the warning is fulfilled. The plagues included infestations of frogs, gnats, flies, locust, cattle killing hail, the Nile River turning to blood, and the final most devastating plague.
Pharaoh does not heed the warning of the final plague and every first-born male of every house hold not covered by the blood of a lamb is killed. Every household not covered, including the household of Pharaoh.
Pharaoh is overcome with grief and allows them to leave. Just as God said the Israelites plundered the Egyptians. Fear had over taken the Egyptians and they gave the Israelites everything they could.
The release Pharaoh had given to the Israelites did not last long. Soon after they left he was in hot pursuit of them. That leaves the Israelites in a scary place. They are walking towards the Red Sea and a powerful army is in hot pursuit of them. While they looked at the army behind them and the crushing sea in front of them the Isralites were ready to head back to slavery.
“When Pharoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in teh wilderness? What have you done to us to bring us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness. And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Sit in a soak what Moses has to say here. The one who argued with God about his inability, the one who wanted to tell God he was not the one for the job is now reassuring these people.
He is not using his reputation, he is not using majestic speeches, he is not using his powerful arm. He is pivoting their focus from their seemingly hopeless situation to the giver of hope.
He is pointing them to the one who is The Way, The Truth, The Life.
God make a way for the Israelites in ways that they couldn’t have have. God parts a sea.
This story lets us know, Moses tells the people, and Jesus tells us with his words that HE IS The Way. We watch God lead the Isralites to the sea and through the sea. Moses says to them “see the salvation of the Lord which he will work out for you today.”
Just as he did for the Israelites he is doing for us too. He is working out our salvation. He is The Way we need only to be still. He accomplished what he needed to on the cross and Jesus is working in your life right now.
This is why I love reading about these people of the Old Testement. It has so little to do with them and so much to do with who our God is. The God who lead them through the waters leads us through the waters of our baptism. The God who lead them through the virtual wilderness leads us through the wilderness of our lives. The God who laid out everything so he could come and work out our salvation on the cross is that same God we read on these pages.
We do not go to these pages because these people have life figured out. We go to these words on these pages to see Jesus making a way for his people. We go to these words to see Jesus at work. We go to these words so we can be reassured he worked out the salvation of the Israelites
We go to these words to see Jesus working out our salvation from the very beginning.
We go to these words on these pages so we can
‘Be Still and Know that He is God.”