… the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. Exodus xiv, 13
Nothing short of a decisive breakthrough can save us from certain dehumanizing circumstances in life. Yet, there are times when this breakthrough seems to be forever elusive. Just when you think you have secured your peace, you see it being snatched from your hands. How long can anyone endure repeated failure or disappointment?
The nation of Hebrew slaves fleeing under the leadership of Moses was extremely glad that God had delivered them from Egypt after several attempts to gain freedom had failed. Their joy evaporated when they saw Pharaoh’s army in hot pursuit to recapture them. They feared that they would be taken back as slaves. They panicked. They complained to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?”
Needless to say, this people needed freedom once and for all. Moses’ words were in stark contrast to their words of disappointment, disbelief and a fear of certain death. “The Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.” They only had to stand firm and be silent, casting away their fear and doubts. They had to take their eyes off their ‘problem’ to be able to see the salvation of the LORD which He would accomplish for them. God was about to part the Red Sea to create a safe path for His people. And in that very Sea, God would drown their former captors.
Why did God take the trouble of bringing Israel to the Red Sea instead of taking them to Canaan through the regular trade route? God was creating vivid images of salvation and redemption using Israel’s experiences so that the Church would benefit from these. If the Passover and the Lamb came in handy many centuries later when Jesus was introduced to Israel (John i.29), the crossing of the Red Sea would serve as a brilliant illustration of a repentant sinner’s total deliverance from sin and Satan accomplished through faith and water baptism (1 Corinthians x. 1,2).
We who claim to have been set free from the domain of darkness are hounded by other persistent and tormenting ills. Instead of questioning God’s ability to save us thoroughly, instead of voicing our fears and doubts, let us remain silent and step aside to let Him fight for us. Fear not! The deliverance and peace you seek will not elude you forever. The Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.