Saturday, February 10, 2007

Miracles will happen if you just believe - Exodus 12:29-42; 13:17-22; 14:1-31

If you would like to read the rest of the story look up Exodus 15. You can click on the title of this post and it will take you to these passages along with in biblegateway.com. You can also listen to the passages there. You can use the search box to find Exodus 15 and beyond. Watch and listen to the videos below. They are both very wonderful.

Exodus 12:29-42

29. At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well.
30. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.

The Exodus

31. During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the LORD as you have requested.
32. Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me."

33. The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. "For otherwise," they said, "we will all die!"
34. So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing.
35. The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing.
36. The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.

37. The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children.
38. Many other people went up with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.
39. With the dough they had brought from Egypt, they baked cakes of unleavened bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves.

40. Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years.
41. At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD's divisions left Egypt.
42. Because the LORD kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the LORD for the generations to come.

Exodus 13:17-22

Crossing the Sea

17. When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, "If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt."
18. So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.

19. Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear an oath. He had said, "God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place."

20. After leaving Succoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert.
21. By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.
22. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

Exodus 14:1-31

1. Then the LORD said to Moses,
2. "Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon.
3. Pharaoh will think, 'The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.'
4. And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD." So the Israelites did this.

5. When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, "What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!"
6. So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him.
7. He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them.
8. The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly.
9. The Egyptians—all Pharaoh's horses and chariots, horsemen and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.

10. As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD.
11. They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?
12. Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!"

13. Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.
14. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."

15. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.
16. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.
17. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen.
18. The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen."

19. Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them,
20. coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

21. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided,
22. and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

23. The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh's horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea.
24. During the last watch of the night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion.
25. He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt."

26. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen."
27. Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the LORD swept them into the sea.
28. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

29. But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
30. That day the LORD saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore.
31. And when the Israelites saw the great power the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

The Prince of Egypt video clip to the song - When You Believe




Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston -
When You Believe (Live)




God Bless You All!

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