It was the middle of the night when Moses led the Israelites out
There was little time to pack, and no time to gather extra food
for the journey. Thousands and thousands of people filed out,
leading goats and sheep, and all they could with them.
The Egyptians called out to the Israelites, "Hurry! Hurry! You
must leave quickly before we all die!"
As the Hebrews left, Egyptians gave them gold and silver. The
Egyptians were weary from the plagues, and hoped that God would
now have mercy on Egypt.
God led His people as they traveled. In the daytime, He gave a
pillar of cloud to follow. At night, He gave a pillar of fire.
Finally, Moses stopped at the banks of the Red Sea and waited for
Meanwhile, back in Egypt, Pharaoh changed his mind once again! He
gathered his army, setting out with horses and chariots. He wanted
to capture the Israelites.
When the Israelites saw the army in the distance, they cried.
"Moses!" they cried. "Did you bring us out to the desert so we
could be killed by Pharaoh?"
"Don't be afraid," said Moses. "Stand firm! Watch and see what God
is able to do!"
Then Moses reached out his hand over the Red Sea. And with great
power, God pushed aside the waters, and blew a mighty wind that
divided the sea in half!
Mothers and fathers, boys and girls,
young and old—all walked straight into the sea. But each step they
took landed upon dry ground! And next to them stood tall walls of
water—one on each side.
For the entire night they walked through the sea. Their eyes grew
wide and their hearts trembled when they realized what God had
done for them.
Pharaoh's army entered the parted sea, the same as the Israelites
had done. But God made the chariots break down and the horses
stumble. Meanwhile, theIsraelites got safely to shore. Then as
the morning sun rose, God told Moses to reach his hand over the
sea again. Moses obeyed. And the walls of water immediately fell,
thundering back into the sea!
As the Israelites watched Pharaoh's army being buried by the Red
Sea, they knew their God was very powerful. They trusted Him. And
they trusted Moses—the man God sent to deliver them.
Which Way is the Best?
The shortest path from Egypt to Canaan was a sandy desrt route. The Israelites could have made the trip in two or three weeks by taking this path but God didn't lead the on the easiest, most convenient route. Instaead he took them on a longer trip to protect hsis people. No doubt the Israelites who knew geography wondered about the wisdom of God's leadership. By human standards, this route made no sense.