Our God, Keeper Of Promises

Exodus 14

As God had promised, He brought the Israelites out of Egypt with great power, and almost immediately put them into a position where things would seem to be hopeless.  God told Moses to turn from the direction they were going and go to where they would be cornered against the Red Sea on one side, and defenseless on the other.  This position that God put them in, gave the Egyptians the idea that they could easily attack the Israelites, and it left many of the Israelites believing that there was no hope, being certain that the Egyptians would now kill them all.  However, God had brought them to a place where both the Israelites and the Egyptians could grow in their faith.

God said, 4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.” And they did so.

10 When Pharaoh 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. 11 They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? 12 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.”

It seems that their still not really getting the picture.  

13 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. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” 15The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. 16 Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground.  –  18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left23 The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24 And in the morning-watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptian forces into a panic, 25 clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily. And the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from before Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.” 26Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared. And as the Egyptians fled into it, the Lord threw the Egyptians into the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained. 29 But the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses. 

Ch.15

Response: singing songs of praise to the Lord.   

1 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. 2 The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

From there, songs of praise continued, until they all got thirsty, and then they began complaining once again.    

God provided water for them, and said, 26 … “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.” 27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water.

Ch.16

It’s been 15 days since they left Egypt, and they have witnessed the tremendous love and power of God.  They are the generation to live through God’s promise of deliverance, the Salvation of the Lord.  Consider that.  They knew of God’s promise of deliverance, they knew that that one day, God would send a deliverer, and they were the generation to see it.  They were slaves in Egypt, and God freed them.  They were poor, and God gave them wealth.  They were trapped before the enemy, facing certain death, and God delivered them, they were thirsty, and God gave them water.  But now they are hungry, and see how quickly they would turn against God.   Notice how they attribute to God, evil intentions, as they recall such wonderful memories of their lives in Egypt.  

2 And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, 3 and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

God hears all this complaining against Him, and with love and patience for His people, He promises to send meat and bread to them, from heaven.

8 And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lordhas heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.

So, 13 In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp. 14 And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.

To teach the people to trust Him, God limits how they are to gather up the manna, and institutes the Sabbath, a solemn day of rest, a holy day unto the Lord. 

Acts 22

Paul, after being arrested, is given the opportunity to address the crowd.  

He began by telling them of his background as a pharisee, persecuting Christians, those of the Way.  And how on the road to Damascus, he was converted after meeting Jesus.

Not too far into the telling of his testimony, they refused to hear more.

22 Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live.”

So Paul was taken away by the Roman tribune to be beaten with whips, and Paul appealed to his rights as a Roman citizen, and asked them,

25 … “Is it lawful for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?” 26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the tribune and said to him, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.” 

29 So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him.

The next morning, Paul was brought before the counsel, and 6 when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.” 7 And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. 9 Then a great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and contended sharply, “We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?” 10 And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks. 11 The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”

God promised to bring Israel out from bondage, and into the promised land, and He did all that would be necessary to accomplish that.  In this passage, God told Paul that he would also testify in Rome, and there will be nothing to prevent that.  God has promised us, that He will never leave us, that He will never forsake us.  He has promised that even through difficult times, He will be with us to the end.  God will fulfill His word, as He has always done, He will always do.  

Psalm 62

1 For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. 5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. 8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah 9 Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath. 10 Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them. 11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12 and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work. 

Amen

From FBCP Bible Reading #22

~ by James M. Winslow on 2021/04/12.

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