Oct 30

Looking for a fight

Tag: UncategorizedRLW3 @ 5:52 pm

After reading the last post, you might be tempted to think that I avoided the question of why God told the children of Israel to turn back. I thought that it would be helpful to first consider A (as opposed to THE) reason why God led them on THAT particular path in the first place.

God knew that Israel was not prepared for war. But He was.

One of the reasons that God told Israel to turn back and camp at Pi-Hahiroth was to lure Pharaoh into attacking His people.

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. Deut. 14:3-4

However, God was interested in demonstrating His power in the earth on behalf of His people.

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.” And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, LORD, I was not known to them. I have also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers.” Exodus 6:1-4

God wanted to reveal Himself to Israel as Jehovah. He wanted to show Himself strong on behalf of His covenant people. He was determined to keep His covenant.

So, he told Israel to “turn back.” God wanted to make certain that everyone knew that He had put them into this position.

And so He does today. When we find ourselves trapped at Pi-Hahiroth and we got there by trying to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, it just might be that God is preparing to show Himself strong on our behalf. Do you know that He is always looking for such opportunities?

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.       2 Chron. 16:9a

His eyes are ever searching to find those who will continue trusting Him when their circumstances tell them they are doomed; those who will not cast away their confidence in Him when things look bleak; those who will continue to believe that He is for them and not against them.

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