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October 10, 2021
Getting on the Same Page God led his people out of Egypt by miraculous plagues, dismantling the Egyptians and their gods. So the Israelites walked out of Egypt; out of bondage. And they lived happily ever after. Hardly. The Israelites’ journey of trust was just getting started. Along this journey, God would reveal his power, then ask them to trust him. Perspective becomes really important in this story. When the Israelites start their journey out of Egypt, God doesn’t lead them on the quickest route to the Promised Land. Instead, they take the long way. From the Israelites’ perspective, it doesn’t make sense. But the narrator tells us that God is leading them away from the Philistines; a powerful and harsh people that would make war with them. Then God leads them to the Red Sea, which seems like a bad strategy. When the Israelites learn that the Egyptians are coming for them, and that following God’s lead has trapped them between the Egyptian army and the sea, they are terrified and cry out to Moses. But God has great plans. God miraculously parts the Red Sea, and the Israelites start walking. I’m sure they were dumbfounded, but they didn’t have much choice. The narrator uses Genesis 1 language here, suggesting that God is not only parting the sea, he is re-creating a new people for himself. Fast-forward thousands of years. Jesus, Israel’s Messiah, is hanging on the cross. From the disciples’ perspective, all hope seems lost. But we know that God was doing his greatest work on the cross, making a way for his sinful people to be saved form God’s just judgment. We are never going to have God’s perspective. But we don’t need it. We just need to trust that God loves us, is with us, is fighting for us, and is in control; that he has a perspective we don’t.