“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1: 13-14).
God is leading His people today. The entire Congregation of believers around the world. He is positioning and leading to the Kingdom of His son Yeshua Messiah. The world is also being lead in opposition to the Father, Yeshua, and the Holy Spirit by the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the Spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. (Eph. 2: 1-2).
In Exodus 14 we are given a live demonstration of God’s protection, promises, and purposes for His people. Everything they experienced is written for our learning and benefit. (Rom. 15:4). God allows the world to fall into their own deception. Even though they know the truth of His existence, and His righteous decrees, they deny Him with darkened hearts and become fools. (Rom. 1: 21-22, 32). “The disciples came to him and asked, ‘Why do you speak to the people in parables?’ He replied, ‘Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. …This is why I speak to them in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.’ ” (Matt. 13: 10-11, 13). Of course the Kingdom of God is not a physical Kingdom of this world. (Luke 17: 20-21; Rom. 14:17; John 18:36).
“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. Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ ” (Exodus 14: 2-3).
To the world and anyone with a worldly mind, the Church is wandering around in confusion. However, the Lord positions His people in a strategic place. He directs us to go into all the world and preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God. As believers get into position, He releases His power to deliver them and crush the enemy in one process.
The enemy attacks the children of God, unprovoked, with great deceit and hatred. God is not surprised and orchestrates all things in His Sovereignty. Certain people in fear uttered all manner of accusations, complaints and ridicule against Moses, God’s servant. He answered them but not according to their desperate and foolish exclamations. We see this today from those who have very little faith in God’s protection, promises, and purposes. It serves God’s ultimate design that we on occasion suffer oppression from the enemy’s threats, but our eternal lives are secure. This testing of our faith produces perseverance and maturity within us. (James 1: 3-4).
“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. As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 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? 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!’ 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.’ ” (Exodus 14: 9-13).
Moses had his faith and hope firmly grounded in God alone. He had no cause to fear and knew that God is his deliverer. We can see with Moses and Paul, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (2 Tim. 4: 18).
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt. 24: 14). “Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.” (1 Cor. 15: 24). “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever’ .” (Rev. 11: 15).
Have faith in God just as you feel pressure and temptation to fear and despair, rest assured God is faithful and will not allow you to be swallowed up, but it will not be your strength or wisdom that saves you. (1 Cor. 20:13). This is the spiritual battle we face: “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you….But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6: 27-28, 35-37). In the natural, this is as impossible as dividing the Red Sea, “so that its waters pile up in a heap”, but God is able to do it in us, His Children. Will you trust Him to do the impossible in you?