From Etham to the Red Sea (Ex 14:1-14:4)

“Then Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon.  You shall camp opposite it, by the sea.  Pharaoh will say of the Israelites, ‘They are wandering aimlessly in the land.  The wilderness has closed in on them.’  I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, so that I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army.  The Egyptians shall know that I am Yahweh.’ And they did so.”

Then Yahweh told Moses to turn back and camp opposite the sea, near the area of Lake Timsah.  Pi-hahiroth and Baal-zephon are difficult to locate but they might have been about 10 miles from the modern city of Suez.  Migdol is close to the Red Sea.  Pharaoh will think that they are wandering aimlessly.  Then Yahweh will show him. 

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