By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.
As discussed last week, one of the important lessons of the Days of Unleavened Bread is putting sin out of our lives by walking in “newness of life” (Romans 6:4).
A major part of this “newness of life” includes living by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Pharaoh seemed to have the Israelites trapped at the Red Sea. Living “by sight” showed there was no way of escape. But God led them to that spot for an important lesson. God wanted to show that He can do the impossible.
God told Moses to lift his rod over the sea and see the power of God. The sea parted with tall walls of water on either side of a large dry sea bed. Then God told Moses and the Israelites to go forward (Exodus 14:15-16).
The pathway between the water had to be very wide to accommodate the crossing of over 2 million people. They had to walk through that gap in faith that God would not let the waters come crashing on top of them.
Christians today must also have faith—which is demonstrated by our works (James 2:18).
Part of ancient Israel’s downfall was their recurring lack of faith. Though they witnessed this miracle that showed God’s power and supremacy over the laws of nature—they continued to doubt His ability or willingness to intervene for them as they wandered in the wilderness (Exodus 16:1-2; 17:1-3; 32:1-2).
We should always remember that “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
To learn more about faith, read “What Is Faith?”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: "Keep Running."