“In the sight of their ancestors,
He worked marvels.
In the land of Egypt,
In the fields of Zoan,
He divided the sea.
He let them pass through it.
He made the waters stand like a heap.
In the daytime,
He led them with a cloud.
All night long
He led them with a fiery light.
He split rocks open in the wilderness.
He gave them drink abundantly.
As from the deep,
He made streams come out of a rock.
He caused waters to flow down like rivers.”
Asaph, this psalmist, then laid out the history of God’s activity as the Israelites left Egypt by passing through the Red Sea. The city of Zoan was another name for the Egyptian city of Ramses. God made the waters into a big heap so that the Israelites could pass through the waters. He led then during the day with a cloud and at night, he led them with a fiery light. He gave them water in the desert by making water come from the rocks like streams or rivers. Most of this is based on the stories in Exodus, chapters 14-17.