PHARAOH PURSUES THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL
Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Zephon; you shall camp before it by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in.’ Then I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord.” And they did so. Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him. Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them. And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness. So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon. (Exodus 14: 1-9).
The episode of the Egyptians pursuing children of Israel was a situation that reflected the way devil’s heart is. Devil does not know what compassion or mercy is. His main purpose is to kill, to steal and to destroy. He always sets out to destroy completely. Remember the way he handled Job, the amount of destruction he subjected Job to in one day was unbelievable. After killing all his children and destroying all his livestock, and Job did not curse God, he inflicted him with boils all over his body making him uncomfortable so that Job would curse God. But Job didn’t. Therefore, those that devil uses behave likewise. They are always blindfolded to the truth and do not learn from their previous mistakes. At the time the children of Israel were departing from Egypt, the Egyptians were burying their firstborn, but the children of Israel went to them to ask for whatever they needed, because the LORD gave them favor, and they were plundered. With all the Egyptians went through, why should they regret that they let them go? My thinking is that after they had left, they must have regretted that they did not fight them in order to pay them back for all that had happened to them. They knew they could not bring them back, but they could fight them now that they were trapped in the wilderness. God knows the heart of men, and so He hardened Pharaoh’s heart to pursue them so that He could destroy them at the grand finale of Demonstration of His POWER. If they could not attack them while they were in Egypt what made them think they would be able to succeed when they pursued them. What were they thinking? Did they not know that God was the one fighting their battle? Unfortunately they were set for destruction, and imagine the troops Pharaoh gathered-600 choice chariots with their riders, horses and horsemen, and his army pursued the children of Israel. During their 10-plagues ordeal, none of these thoughts came to their mind, so now they brought their weapons of war out to fight the children of Israel who had no weapons with them. They had forgotten that God did not fight them with weapons, and all of them faced all the disasters up till the death of their firstborn.
The way God dealt with the Egyptians and show His unconditional LOVE to the children of Israel reminded me of the word of God that says “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.(Romans 8: 31-39).
Those of us who have given our lives to Christ Jesus will experience the unconditional LOVE of God that the children of Israel experienced. Just like He fought their battle, He will fight our battle for us and we also will hold our peace. None of your enemies can face God as long as God is on your side. So children of God let us be obedient to the Word of God so that we can live a peaceable life. Remain in Him!!!