Exodus, Chapter 14

Saturday, June 20th

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Exodus, Chapter 14

Reflect

Passing through the Red Sea will become the event delivering the Israelites from slavery. The Psalmist will sing, “Who divided the Red Sea in two, for his steadfast love endures forever; and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for his steadfast love endures forever; but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 136:13-15). I remember watching Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments as a young boy mesmerized by the walls of water through which the Israelites walked and then amazed as the walls of water came crashing down on the Egyptian chariots. Passing through the chaos, God’s people reach safety because of the steadfast love of God. There is a baptismal liturgy that includes, “…the Holy Spirit hovered over the waters of the Red Sea and delivered us from slavery… the Holy Spirit hovers over these baptismal waters and delivers us from our sins.”

Respond

Listening to the media, one would think we live gripped with fear: fear of virus, of prejudice, of police, of financial ruin, of social gathering, of political leaders, and of rioters. We have passed through the baptismal waters and, because of God’s steadfast love, we have been delivered from the chaos of this world. “With the Lord on my side, I do not fear. What can mortals do to me?” (Psalm 118:6).

Pray

Gracious loving heavenly Father, at times we feel like the waters are crashing down around us. Remind us that you know all that is good for us. Deliver us from our fears and rebellion so that Your steadfast love might flow through us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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