Exodus 14:21-31 The Love and wrath of God

21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,

25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord fighteth for them against the Egyptians.

26 And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.

27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.

31 And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses.

What still amazes me is how our Creator, who can has no limits, who is timeless, and all-powerful; still works and moves through and with sinful man as well as nature. We saw it in the 10 plagues and we see it now in the crossing of the sea especially in the pillar of cloud and fire.

The Egyptians were troubled by it through the Lord, but for Israel, it was a light and safety for them.

It is the same in our time. Our Father and the things He involves in our lives; the pain, the pleasures, blessings, and trouble.

All these things work for our good.

Romans 8:

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

That is not so for the world. In exodus this same safety and protection meant calamity and darkness for the Egyptians. God’s purpose was not only to teach Israel about His power and might but to teach the Pharaoh and his people who the real God was. This meant death for some but life for others because there were Egyptians who had already left with Israel.

Exodus 12:

37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.

38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

So those Egyptians who believed were saved but those who did not were lost.

Many times we and the world have this idea that God loves everyone all the time no matter how we live or what we do and He is waiting to accept us no matter what, unconditionally.

Now God loves man and we know that from Jesus:

John 3:

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

But we fail to read the rest

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

This love of God that we think is unconditional for everyone is truly only for those who are in Christ

Roman 8

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God loves you but He is a perfect combination of mercy and justice. Peter tells us that He is longsuffering towards us so that all the world might be saved

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

But at some point that paitience has to come to an end and the love of God towards man turns to wrath.

He sent His Son to die on the cross so that we might be saved. Jesus paid the complete sacrifice for man. He died so that we might live and to deny and reject it means eternal damnation and separation from God.

You may not believe it; you might think that it is some myth carried over from some long lost civilization and you might think that it requires weakness and stupidity to believe it but frankly, it would be easier to live life as though there was no God; as though life was meaningless and we don’t have to be accountable to anyone or anything.

I can’t live that way because I have personally felt, heard, and seen Him working in my life. I know my Lord and Savior and I could never deny His power and presence. I have seen Him work through the simplest and most unexplained ways. The world can’t see it because they are in darkness of unbelief.

Living for Christ is the hardest and most rewarding thing you could ever experience. Don’t believe me, then try it.

One of us is wrong but it will be too late when we find out.

About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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