The pursuit of the Egyptians (Ex 14:5-14:14)

“When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the minds of Pharaoh and his officials were changed toward the people.  They said, ‘What have we done, letting Israel leave our service?’   So he had his chariot made ready, and took his army with him.  He took six hundred picked chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them.  Yahweh hardened the heart of Pharaoh King of Egypt and he pursued the Israelites, who were going out boldly. The Egyptians pursued them, all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and his chariot divers and his army.  They overtook them camped by the sea, by Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.”

The chase is on.  Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds asking what they had done.  They went after the Israelite people.  They took over 600 chariots and pursued them and caught them by the sea, at Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.

“As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them.  In great fear the Israelites cried out to Yahweh.  They said to Moses, ‘Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?   What have you done to us, in bringing us out of Egypt?  Is this not the very thing that we told you in Egypt, Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians?  For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.’  But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that Yahweh will accomplish for you today.  For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.  Yahweh will fight for you and you have only to keep still.’”

The Israelites saw the Egyptians coming and said to Moses that they were afraid to die in the wilderness.  They could have rather been buried in Egypt than die in the wilderness.  Moses told them to not be afraid since Yahweh would take care of things.

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