|Mercy Street Church of Christ
“By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land.” - Hebrews 11:29
When we read about the complaining Israelites of Exodus 14, we may wonder if they could be the same people of faith in Hebrews 11:29. Soon after their deliverance from Egypt they began to resist both Moses and God. They became afraid of what might happen to them and bitter about the thought of dying in the desert. They did not even consider how God might care for them.
God's instruction for the people to "move on" certainly must have come as a surprise. They were blocked in. Where could they go? But when they saw the amazing display of God's power making a path for them in the sea, they began to trust God. "By faith the people passed through the Red Sea."
God's people tended to have little faith in God's promises; they were more often a bitter and complaining bunch. But with the sea in front of them and Pharaoh's army fast approaching, faith replaced fear as they took the first steps onto the path God provided.
These Old Testament people were getting to know God not only as the God of their ancestor Abraham but also as their God. God's act of parting the sea moved the people to faith. We have Jesus, his death on a cross, the empty tomb, and the presence of his Spirit in our lives to move us to faith. His presence encourages us in the face of fear. No situation in life can match his power.
Remove our fear, Lord, and build our faith. Replace our complaining and bitterness with the sweetness and praise of faith in Jesus. In his name we pray. Amen.
Grace and peace to you,
For Mercy Street Ministries, I’m Stan Baldwin.
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