God called Moses to lead the Israelite people out of slavery. A series of confrontations in which Moses showed the power of God against Pharaoh culminated in a plague of death upon the firstborn sons of Egyptian families. At this, Pharaoh begged Moses and the Israelites to leave. They went out of Egypt and out of slavery. God led them safely into the wilderness toward the Red Sea.
Even the plague of death does not temper Pharaoh’s arrogance. He still does not take seriously God’s power and sovereignty, so God sets a trap for him. Pharaoh knows the Isarelites’ weakness and vulnerability wandering in the wilderness and disregarding the power of God, sends all his military might against a raging band of newly freed slaves.
Nor are the Israelites clear about what’s going on. Seeing the Egyptians in hot pursuit, already forgetting what God has done, the Israelites blame Moses for the recapture they anticipate. Even Moses doesn’t understand. He says that the Lord will fight for them. To which God says, “Why do you cry out to me?” (verse 15). God is with Moses and the Israelites now. All they need to do is move forward, relying on God’s power. God will work with them, in them, and through them.
Moses does as the Lord commands. The waters of the sea part and the Israelites go across the dry land. In the same way, when the Israelites are safely across with the Egyptians in pursuit, the waters return and drown Pharaoh’s military – vehicles, army, weapons, and all.
The powerful can be arrogant. God stands with the oppressed and wills freedom. Did the waters actually part? Whether they did or not, God’s power delivered the Israelites safely from the hands of their oppressor to freedom and a new life. Beside God, the power of this world comes to naught.