The Israelites Rescued from the Egyptian Army

This meditation is based on a passage for April 12, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Exodus 14:21-31

Reflection and Question: Because of the regular reruns of “The Ten Commandments,” this scene of the Israelites fleeing before the Egyptian chariots with the special effect of the walls of water on either side is among the best known moments in Scripture. As the last verses remind us, this miraculous rescue is a formative moment in the history of Israel. God’s purpose for the whole Exodus event is accomplished: the people now fear and believe in God and in God’s servant Moses. What effect does this scene have on you when Charlton Heston as Moses parts the water and the people cross?

Prayer: God of all, we put ourselves in the shoes of the Israelites here. Our fear of the Egyptians is nothing compared to our fear of You when the waters part and our way to safety opens. We believe in You and in the servants You send. Bless us, too. Amen.