Whining or Weeping or Watching

Whining or Weeping or Watching

There are three kinds of people as we observe when the children of Israel were at the banks of the Red Sea.

1) Whining and Wicked:  God delivered Israelites from the Egyptian slavery by sending 10 plagues of judgment on that nation. Israelites left Egypt as they celebrated the Passover, while the Egyptians were mourning the death of the firstborn.  They left Egypt in haste and were camping at the banks of the Red Sea.  Whining Egyptians mourned the loss of free labour of their slaves, the Israelites.  Hence, they wickedly conspired to chase the Israelites and bring them back as slaves.  (Exodus 14: 5-9) They quickly gathered an army of six hundred chariots to pursue their former slaves. (Exodus 14:7)

2) Worrying and Weeping:  When the Israelites saw the Egyptians chasing, they were worrying and weeping. They were intimidated by six hundred horse-driven chariots.  Their faith was shaky.  When danger, disaster and death were near them, they could not trust God.  Israelites thought it was better to live in Egypt as slaves than to die as free people in the wilderness. They asked Moses, you led us here, since there were no graves in Egypt. (Exodus 14: 10-14)

3) Worshiping, Waiting and Watching: Moses encouraged Israel with wavering faith.  Moses declared: “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.” (Exodus 14:13)   Moses was waiting and watching on the banks of the Red Sea, in faith, stretching his staff over the sea (probably throughout the night). (Exodus 14: 17 and 21) God was wonderfully working, by sending the east wind all night to dry the sea and the water stood like a wall on both sides so that Israelites could walk through.  (Exodus 14: 21) Moses who was praying, pleading and interceding throughout the night.

To which group I belong to: Faithless Egyptians or Unfaithful Israelites or Faithful Moses?

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