“And the Lord caused the sea to divide all through the night”
In Cecil B. Demille’s movie the 10 Commandments which was produced back in 1956, buy treat many of the scenes were very accurate when it came to portraying Scripture as it was written. Very unlike the latest movies Hollywood has produced about the Bible. However, there was a scene in Demille’s movie that was not quite the way it happened according to Scripture, and that was with the parting of the Red Sea. In his movie he had Moses (Charlton Heston) parting the Red Sea as Pharaoh (Yule Brenner) and his army approached the people of Israel to destroy them. Actually, though, what happened was that God put forth a pillar of fire that kept the Egyptians from attacking Israel through the night. As this occurred, Moses stretched out his hand toward the Red Sea as God led him to, to divide it, which took all night.
So, during that night the Egyptians were forced to stay where they were, as Israel nervously awaited their fate which would come when the fire went out. As they worried, prayed, and consoled each other through the night, they could hear that something was going on with the sea, but did not know quite what it was?
When the morning came, it was clear what God had done to answer their many anxious prayers. The Red Sea had been split in two, along with the creation of a dry path to walk on to get to the other side. Of course they crossed, and I am sure as quickly as possible, for the Egyptians were not far away and still intent on destroying them. After all had crossed including every man, woman, child, and baby, God then allowed the Egyptians to make their run at the Israelites. Foolishly they tried, but were drowned when God closed the Red Sea on them. The Egyptians obviously never got it, that the God of Israel was God and was in control of them like everyone else in the world.
I mention this story for a couple of reasons; the first and most important is that God is always in full control of our lives, no matter what we’ve done or the set of circumstances in which we find ourselves. And even when all seems lost, as it did that night with the Israelites, God can and will step in to rescue us too when necessary.
The second reason is that often God does His greatest rescuing work during the dark night times of our lives, when an enemy or set of negative circumstance are upon us. And even though we think God is absent during these times, He definitely is not. In fact the Lord is hard at work so that when our morning finally comes there will be His rescue for us.
I know this to be true from my own experience, because as I look back at some of those past dark nights, when I worried so, when I walked the kitchen floor back and forth, when I prayed, and then prayed again, and again, God was at work the whole time. And when my morning came, which was not always the next morning, there was God’s answer and His path of rescue as well.
So, do I worry when times get tough? Well, yes I still do. But much less now than before, especially when I read of an account like this, where God worked through the night to save those He loved.
Scriptures to hold onto during dark nights
Exodus 14:19-22 19 The angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. 20 So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night. 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. 22 The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
Jeremiah 32:27“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”
Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, and surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Psalms 18:1-2 1 “I love You, O Lord, my strength.” 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold.
Matthew 11:28-30 28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest
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Psalms 34:15, 17-19 15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and His ears are open to their cry. 17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
Psalms 68:19-20 19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. 20 God is to us a God of deliverances; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
Psalms 34:7-8 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. 8 O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.