A certain Christian traveler was packing his suitcase, about to proceed on a journey. He remarked to a friend: “There is still a little corner left open in which I desire to pack a guidebook, a lamp, a mirror, a telescope, a book of poems, a number of biographies, a bundle o … More
The shortest way to Palestine was through the territory of the Philistines in the direction of Beersheba. God chose to lead His people, not on the nearest way, but the way that was best for them (vv. 17-18), just as He does today. He led them southward, instead of eastward, by way of Etham to the western edge of the Red Sea (v. 20).
Moses had heard of Joseph’s request that his bones be taken from Egypt so he honored that request. Joseph dying words had been, “God will come to your rescue, and when He does, be sure to take along my bones." Doubtless the coffin containing his embalmed body (Gen. 50:26) became a rallying point for the Hebrews in their wilderness wanderings.
The Israelites were supernaturally guided by a pillar of cloud in the daytime, which became a pillar of fire by night. God always makes His way clear to those who are willing to follow. In some ways this pillar typified the Holy Spirit as it provided the following:
This way the Lord could lead them at all times, whether day or night.
It is so easy for me to ask God to bless my plans when I need to be seeking how I can fit into His plans for my life.
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, "Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt." But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle. Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, "God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones with you from here." And they moved on from Succoth and encamped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.
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Exodus 10:1-20The Plague of Locusts
Exodus 10:21-29The Plague of Darkness
Exodus 11:1-10The Death of The First Born
Exodus 12:1-14The Passover
Exodus 12:15-24The Celebration of The Passover
Exodus 12:25-32The Largest Mass Funerals in World History
Exodus 12:33-51Two Million Children of Israel Leave Egypt
Exodus 13:1-16The Feast of Unleavened Bread
Exodus 13:17-22God Led The Israelites by a Cloud And by Fire
Exodus 14:1-14Hebrew Children Trapped at The Red Sea
Exodus 14:15-31The Israelites Crossed The Red Sea And The Egyptians Drown
Exodus 15:1-21The Praise by Moses For Deliverance
Exodus 15:22-27The Provision of Water at Marah
Exodus 16:1-13God Told Moses he Would Rain Bread From Heaven
Exodus 16:14-22Manna Was Easily Accessible
Exodus 16:23-36The First Mention of The Sabbath