No. 127
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

Moses left the desert and his family and sheep. God took him back to Egypt to meet with the mighty Pharaoh. Moses didn’t want to speak for God at first, so the Lord allowed him to take his brother, Aaron, with him . God said Aaron could speak to Pharaoh if Moses wanted it that way. When they both got to Egypt they gave this message to Pharaoh from God Himself, “ Let my people go! That they may serve Me.”  (Exodus 8:1). But Pharaoh had so many Hebrew slaves, and they did all the work! So he said , “ NO, I will NOT!”  Do you know that visit from Moses and Aaron turned into a huge contest between God and his servants and Pharaoh and his wicked magicians. God did many miracles in Egypt to force Pharaoh to “Let my people go!” You can read this exciting true story in Exodus  chapters 7-14.

I want to skip over to another thrilling miracle which has become very famous in the world.  Finally Pharaoh was forced by God to let the Hebrew slaves go. They went out of Egypt in great victory! Out into a journey which God would take them on. There were hundreds of thousands of people all going to the Land God had promised them - Canaan Land. The Land of Promise. But, that snake Pharaoh changed his mind, even though he SAID they could go. You can see where he said he would let God’s people go in Exodus 12:31:
“Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel (the Hebrews); and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said.”

So there were the Israelites, the Hebrews, marching along going away into their new lives. Moses was leading them, just as God wanted him to. Then they saw that the Pharaoh had sent  six hundred chariots of war against the Hebrews! There were lots of soldiers to capture them and take them all back to Egypt and make them slaves again! It was horrible. In front of the Israelites was the Red Sea (that is its name, it isn’t red in colour though), and behind them were the chariots and soldiers. How could they escape now? But God had shown the Hebrews and Moses that He was with them all right. He had given them a pillar of cloud to lead them by day, and a pillar of fire to give them light and lead them by night. A “pillar” is a way of saying a tall column. So when the Hebrews were trapped by the sea they had confidence in the Lord God and He showed them His great power! God said, “And the Egyptians shall know that I AM the Lord....” (Exodus 14:18).

Moses stepped forward because God had told him to, and he stretched out his hand over the sea. Then one of the greatest miracles in the Bible happened.  And the Lord made the sea roll back on itself with a strong east wind that blew all the night, and the sea bed was like dry land with water on each side of a great highway! And the Hebrews walked out in the middle of the sea, with walls of water on their right hand and on their left hand.  All those hundreds of thousands of people moved quickly across the sea bed, escaping from the soldiers. It must have been an astonishing sight - what a mighty God we worship.

When the Egyptians came crashing along in their chariots and followed them into the middle of the sea, it seemed as though they would catch the Hebrews. But, God said to Moses, when the Hebrews were all on the other side, "stretch forth your hand” and when he did something awful happened. The waters came rushing back with huge waves, and the sea covered the chariots, and all the soldiers of Pharaoh. This is what the Bible says in Exodus 14:31:
“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.”

I would have believed TOO, wouldn’t you? Our God has all might and glory and He can protect and care for us as well - no worries about that! See ya tomorrow!

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