I still believe
the miracles of the Bible!
Even the one about
the Lord parting the Red Sea and allowing a whole nation of
Israelites to pass over "dryshod!"
You can read about
the whole event in Exodus chapter 14.
I believe this
Bible Passage gives us valuable information on how we can face
our "difficult" situations of life also.
After all, Paul (when speaking of the Old
Testament Scriptures) told us: "Now all
these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are
written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are
come." 1st Corinthians 10:11
Then he repeated his thought in Romans 15:4
--- "For whatsoever things were written
aforetime were written for our learning, that we through
patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."
Let me show you what I mean.
This particular "problem" Israel was facing
(having to cross a sea with an attacking army behind them)
happen to them just after the Blood of the Lamb had been applied
to their homes and hearts!
This is a battle for followers of the Lord
It's a picture of one of those trials even
new Christians must face!
Peter warned us: "Beloved,
think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try
you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but
rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings;
that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with
exceeding joy." 1st Peter 4:12-13 (He's writing to
Believers in Christ!)
Paul said the same thing to his converts in
Acts 14:21-22. "And when they had
preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they
returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to
continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation
enter into the kingdom of God."
Jesus Himself laid the foundation for such
tests and pressures with these words:
"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you,
and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my
sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward
in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before
you." Matthew 5:11-12
Someone reading these lines today may be
facing a hard situation!
With Israel in Exodus 14:1-10 ... there was
an army behind them, an ocean in front of them, and mountains on
both sides of them! It seems there was no way out of their
But God intervened!
Friend, you too may be surrounded by
mountainous problems ... but the same God is still on the
He can move for you too, dear Christian
Brother or Sister!
"Fear ye not, stand
still, and see the salvation of the LORD!" ... Moses
proclaimed to the Jews that day! Exodus 14:13
That word "salvation" can mean deliverance!
And what our great God did for them ... He
can do for you!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Here's what the
Bible says in Exodus 14:1-2. "And the LORD
spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel,
that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and
the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by
Even a quick
reading of this text shows us that God Himself has told the
Israelites exactly where to camp!
This also is the exact place where
geographically the Red Sea is before them, mountains are all
around them, and (soon) the Egyptian army will be behind them!
Did God know all this?
God knows everything!
He is omniscient!
So ... we are thereby brought to a startling
The Lord God of Israel, fully knowing what
was about to happen, still led His people into the exact
position where a crisis would occur!
He even told them in advance that old Pharaoh
would be attacking! Here are God's precise words:
"For Pharaoh will say of the children of
Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut
them in. And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow
after them!" Exodus 14:3-4
Here's a God appointed problem!
It looks to me like the Lord did the same
thing to His Disciples in the New Testament. After feeding the
5,000 Jesus did this: "And straightway
Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go
before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes
away." Matthew 14:22
Now mid-way through that little sea journey a
storm hit! "But the ship was now in the
midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary."
Jesus put those men in the exact place where
that fierce weather would come!
These two events (while there are many more
in Scripture) serve to illustrate a fact in the Christian life.
God controls everything ... and can even use
the hard situations of life to bring Himself Glory and teach us
valuable faith-building lessons!
He will risk our
"comfort" to increase our "godliness!"
Now I am not saying every problem a Believer
encounters is God's perfect Will. A lot of our bad situations
are the results of our disobedience and stubbornness! (Yet even
then God could have prevented the issue at hand!)
I even know of one case where God withheld a
man from sinning! He said to ancient King (Abimelech) ...
"Yea, I know that thou didst this in the
integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning
against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her."
These words were spoken in reference to Sarah Abraham's wife.
Here's what I am saying to you this Saturday.
The next time you face a problem ... try to
remember God uses those things for His Own purposes! He can
turn problems into progress!
He (as with Israel in Exodus 14) might be
wanting to glorify His dear Name!
He might be wanting to increase our faith!
He might be wanting to defeat an enemy!
He might be wanting to chastise ("whip") us
for some disobedience!
He might be wanting to teach us some other
valuable spiritual lesson!
He might be wanting to do all of the above!
This is know. Our God is BIGGER than any of
our problems! He's even bigger than ALL our problems!
Just remember Jeremiah 32:17 ---
"Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the
heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm,
and there is nothing too hard for thee."
And just a few verses later, God asks:
"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing
too hard for me?" Jeremiah 32:27
We here ought be be able to find some
encouragement for our next "problem!"
Look for God's Hand in the whole situation!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Right in the heart of one of Israel's
greatest problems (in all her history) God says something
amazing! As His people face the greatest and hardest
journey of their whole national life, God informs them:
Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are
entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. And
I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them;
and I will be honoured
upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know
that I am the LORD. And they did so." Exodus
God knew their "problem" was coming before it
(that army) even got there! He even knew what Pharaoh was
thinking! In fact, it looks like God even caused the whole
thing! (Which must mean God has some great goal in mind!
He never does anything haphazardly! Everything's decent
and in order with the Lord!)
It should be comforting to us in our problems
just knowing that our Lord (the same God just 3500 years later)
knows what's coming our way also! Any problem a Believer
has is a "designer" problem sent from God to help us in some
way! Proof needed? "And we
know that all things work together for good to them that love
God, to them who are the called according to his
purpose." Romans 8:28
Then ... look! God gives us another
"hint" behind the WHY of this great crisis!
"I will be honoured!"
God, through this coming battle and
catastrophe, will be glorified!
That too should bring us peace! To us
Christians ... enduring problems can become a lot easier if we
just think upon the fact that God might be glorified in our
lives! (Probably more in crisis times than in vacation times
Jesus even looked at the Cross as an
opportunity to glorify His Father!
Lazarus' death and resurrection were designed
for God's Glory too! Here's what Jesus said in John 11:4 ---
"This sickness is not unto death, but for
the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified
And the same was true about the man born
blind in John 9. "And as Jesus
passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his
birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin,
this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus
answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but
that the works of God should be made manifest in him."
If possible we ought to make it our goal to
be more interested in God's Glory than in our Crisis! What
a great level of Christian living that would be! And what
co-operation with the Will of God!
Paul amplified this whole truth by saying:
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink,
or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
1st Corinthians 10:31
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
come, try to discover their "source."
"WHY?" is a
question we Christians are not always allowed to ask!
But sometimes it
is in order!
There is an answer
to WHY the Egyptians attacked Israel as they were on their way
to the Promised Land!
The Bible tells us:
"And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the
heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the
people, and they said,
Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from
serving us?" Exodus 14:5
At the heart of the issue ... the reason
Pharaoh tried to stop the exodus ... is found in the simple fact
of human selfishness, greed, or more plainly,
The King was losing a 2,000,000 (at least)
man work force! Israel had worked for him without pay for many
years! Money, money, money is all the world understands it
Learn this fact this Lord's Day morning.
While the inner workings of our problems can be complicated, and
while behind them all is the Almighty Hand of God ... humanly
speaking 99% of the attacks upon you as a Christian will come
from a selfish person who wants more of something!
It would have been "good riddance" to Israel
had they not been so strong and healthy and energetic! Millions
of dollars a day in forced labor ... leaving town? "No sir,"
Listen to Solomon here:
"Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is
wisdom." (Proverbs 13:10) Behind all that fighting you
will find: human wants, desires and ego! In a word ... selfish
Paul had no problems in his ministry at
Philippi ... until he cast a demon out of a money-making fortune
teller! When her owners lost their source of revenue ...
accusations, arrests, beatings, and jail sentences began! (Acts
Same thing at Ephesus! Remember those upset
silversmiths in Acts 19? So many people had been saved that
business profits were down ... not as many silver idols being
Lost human nature has not changed through the
The next time someone is mad at you ...
see what's in it for them!
I'll guarantee you this: they perceive that
you're in their way! Blocking them from some sort of gain!
Whether financial, social, emotional or some other area of life
... you're stopping what they want!
Sometimes it just helps to know WHY the
attack is so vicious!
And occasionally God does allow us to know!
At least in Exodus 14 He does!
By the way, since GAIN seems to be at the
bottom of this whole thing ... let me remind you of one of the
Bible's great promises!
"Blessed are ye, when
men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all
manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and
be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so
persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
The enemy's gain is "peanuts" in comparison
to your "gain" for serving the Lord!
"If we suffer, we shall
also reign with him." 2 Timothy 2:12
Herein take comfort!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
There's an interesting clause in Exodus 14:9 that I'd like to
"But the Egyptians pursued after them, all
the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and
his army, and
overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth,
Pharaoh not only chased the Israelites ... he "overtook" them!
He found them! He caught them! He "hemmed" them into
a corner! ("Overtook in Hebrew = "reached!")
The Lord let the "trouble" come ... and put His people right in
the middle of it!
Here's my point!
The Lord (in no place that I've found) promises NO TROUBLE!
At least He does not promise permanent earthly freedom
In fact, it looks to me like He promises that troubles and
trials WILL come!
I base that on verses like John 16:33 where Jesus said:
"These things I have spoken unto you, that
in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have
tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
But what He does assure us is that He can deliver us in
the troubles of life!
Psalm 34:6 --- "This poor man cried, and
the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his
troubles." Not "from" trouble ... but "out of"
trouble! The poor man here was already "in" trouble when
the Lord "delivered" him! Do you see it?
Here it is again in the same Psalm: "The
righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out
of all their troubles." Psalm 34:17
Listen to David's testimony in Psalm 54:7 ---
"For He hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath
seen his desire upon mine enemies." Yes!
Psalm 46:1 tells us more. "God is
our refuge and strength, a very present help in
And we would all have to admit that God had even removed the
fear of trouble from the heart of Habakkuk!
"Although the fig tree shall not blossom,
neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of
the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the
flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be
no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I
will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is
my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet,
and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief
singer on my stringed instruments." Habakkuk
Friends, when troubles come (like this Red Sea experience with
Israel) ... as things get "darker" by the hour ... remember that
our great Lord can deliver you OUT OF trouble too!
Praise His dear Name!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
When problems come
in the Christian life (and they surely will) ... respond as
Israel did in Exodus 14:10.
With danger all
around they did two simple things ... and God gave them victory!
"And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children
of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians
marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children
of Israel cried out unto the LORD."
First, they "cried out
unto the Lord!"
I read a Book last week about the development
and maturing of the great doctrine of "prayer" throughout
Scripture! Well, from Adam to Moses I would say "prayer" has
developed very well! (Adam and Eve conversing with God in the
cool of the day is a pretty early example of it too! That
happened in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:8.)
The verb "cried out" (in Hebrew = "tzsaaq")
means "to call out for help!" Or "to gather together and make
outcry!" (The root verb means "to shriek!")
When trials and hard times come ... PRAY!
We have so many more prayer promises to claim
today (the whole New Testament) than they did 3500 years ago!
Also notice that we have two "looks"
in this verse.
The Jews looked at the enemy ...
"The children of Israel lifted up their
eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them!"
Then ... they looked at their Lord ...
"And the children of Israel cried out unto
That's the right way to do things!
Survey the problem ... then surrender to the
Count the enemy ... then cry unto the Lord!
The enemy produced fear ... the Lord produced
(See here that although Israel was fearful
... they STILL prayed unto the Lord! Don't let your fears scare
you away from the Greatest Friend you have! Do what the
Psalmist did: "What time I am afraid,
I will trust in Thee." Psalm 56:3)
Again ... in our Bible study today Psalm 46:1
is proven true! "God is our refuge and
strength, a very present help in trouble."
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Another thing to expect when problems come is
recorded in verses 11 and 12. That is ... turmoil from
within! Seldom does a problem come as just a single unit of
trouble! No, trials come in pairs (or triplets)! Or
worse! Ask Job about that!
"And they (the
Israelite people) said unto Moses, Because there were no
graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the
wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us
forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we
did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve
the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the
Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness."
Grumbling and doubt and accusations ... all
from the very people you are trying to help!
On one of the greatest days of their nation's
life ... and they only want to talk about death!
That's that old defeated negative pessimistic
attitude! (So unlike real faith in God!)
Then here comes the old "we told you so"
thing too! "Is not this the
word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that
we may serve the Egyptians?"
All this is discouraging ... especially when
a problem has "hit!"
How does one handle this confusion and fear
and turmoil within the camp? Within the church?
Within the family?
By pointing away from the problem and toward
the Saviour, toward the Solution!
And that's exactly what Moses did in the very
next verse: "And Moses said unto the
people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the
LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom
ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever."
Little complaints can best be handled by
revealing a BIG GOD!
In His Presence such trivia seems to
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
"Wait on the
Three times the
Psalmist tells us to "Wait on the Lord!"
Then he further
records the times he does so!
Psalm 33:20 --- "Our
soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield."
Psalm 62:1 --- "Truly
my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation."
Psalm 130:6 --- "My
soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the
morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning."
The key verb "wait" also means "to look for,
to expect or to hope for!"
It's a companion verb to all the "trust"
When the trials of life come ... often there
appears to be "no place" to go!
"What do I do?" one cries!
The old ideas of being "at the end of the
rope" or even "at wit's end" or perhaps "exasperated" comes to
Things look "hopeless!"
Well, that's exactly where the nation of
Israel was very early in their national life as they stood
before the Red Sea ... with an army behind them ... and
mountains on both sides!
Does God speak to such impossible issues of
Our living God Jehovah does!
Listen what He told those Jews through their
leader Moses: "Fear ye not, stand still,
and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to
day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see
them again no more for ever." (Exodus 14:13) Wow!
To "stand still and
see" has the idea of "waiting!"
God assures His people that He can handle the
Their part is simply to trust Him!
Christian, let me ask you something. Has He
(our dear Lord) ever let you down? Has He ever failed you? Has
He not always been faithful?
Moses pretty much says to Israel: Watch!
God is about to move! Deliverance is coming!
And look what happens as the people of God
As one's eyes are kept on the Lord ... the
enemies just disappear!
"Ye shall see them no
more for ever!"
That can happen!
In fact, in a sense it always happens!
The more you reverence God ... the less those
other things matter!
The more you "fear" God ... the less you will
The very same thing happened to Isaiah once
(except in reverse). "In the year that
king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high
and lifted up, and his train filled the temple." (Isaiah
Once Isaiah no longer "saw" the King ... He
clearly "saw" the Lord! (Had Uzziah not died, would Isaiah have
had this glorious encounter with the Lord?)
See the Lord ... and the sight of all other
things will "grow strangely dim!"
The Lord simply "dwarfs" everything else!
Psalm 56:3 tells us more about how to do
this. "What time I am afraid, I will
trust in thee."
"Lord, help our faith to grow! In Jesus'
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
A thought like this ALWAYS helps during times
of trouble: "The LORD shall fight
for you, and ye shall hold your peace." Exodus
Did you know that was in Scripture?
God has some purpose for Israel! (I'd
Through them will come the Christ Child!
Why, they are indestructible as a people!
No wonder God is going to fight for them!
(And may I tell you Christian friend, as you
do God's will and fulfill His plans in your life ... God has
purpose for you too!)
Actually ... you as a New Testament Believer
in Christ have even more promises of God than did the Jews of
They ... at this time ... had no Bible!
(Moses had not been inspired to write it yet!) You have all 66
They had: "The
battle is the LORD'S!" 1 Samuel 17:47
We have: "If God
be for us, who can be against us?"
They had a Saviour Who was to come and pay
sin's terrible price!
We have One (the Same One) Who has now
come and paid that price!
They had bees:
"And I (the Lord) will send hornets before thee, which shall
drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from
before thee." Exodus 23:28
We have the Holy Spirit ... sent by the
resurrected ascended victorious Saviour!
"And they overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb!"
The verb "fight"
in our verse today means "to go to war!" Three times in
the King James Version it has the idea of "devouring or eating"
And the verb "hold your
peace" actually means "to plow deeply!" It somehow
however came to mean "be quiet!" (Maybe what God does so
rearranges and "plows" up the "status quo" that all we can do is
silently worship!) The verb can also mean "to engrave!"
Maybe God is redesigning our hearts to better trust Him as He
works valiantly in our trials and problems!
Oh, I love this verse! Let me print it
here one more time: "The LORD shall
fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." Exodus
Talk about protection!
I once heard an old Preacher use this verse
from Isaiah 54:17 --- "No weapon that is
formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that
shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This
is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their
righteousness is of me, saith the LORD." I
like to have never got over that one!
And now today ... here's a new one!
"The LORD shall
fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." Exodus
Let me go think about it!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Once as a young
teenager I heard a preacher say this: "The two most important
words in the Christian life are trust and obey."
He then asked the church song leader to sing the old hymn by
that very name --- "Trust and Obey!"
"There's no other
way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey" its chorus
That's the very lesson Israel had to learn as
they prepared to cross the Red Sea back in Exodus 14!
At the very moment of crisis the Lord spoke:
"And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore
criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that
they go forward."
Did you see that?
At that very second it was time to ... "trust
In every crisis which the Christian
encounters ... if he or she will just "wait" on the Lord
(trusting Him) ... there sooner or later (depending on how long
our Father in Heaven needs us to "wait") will come a command!
Some instruction! The next step to take!
And when it comes ... obey!
If you have no "light" from God ... wait!
But when the "light" comes ... move forward,
Once King David was told to do nothing,
absolutely nothing, UNTIL he heard the sound of a "going" in the
tops of the trees nearby! Then ... go forward! See 1st
Once the Apostle Paul was in a dilemma. He
did not know where to next go, preaching the Word of God! The
Holy Spirit had said "no" to several of his plans. He just
waited ... really I think he went to sleep! Then ...
"A vision appeared to Paul in the night;
There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come
over into Macedonia, and help us." (Acts 16:9) He later
just said that he was "obedient" to the heavenly vision! See
Remember ... when the crisis comes, when the
"sea" of life becomes rough and stormy ... just wait it out ...
UNTIL WORD COMES FROM THE LORD! IT WILL COME! THEN ... OBEY
HIS SWEET VOICE!
Israel, under Moses' leadership did so!
"And the children of Israel went into
the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters
were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left."
Need I say any more?
By the way, "Where God guides, He provides!"
He will NEVER lead you to a place, then give
you a command ... without meeting your need as you obey Him!
"Trust in the LORD with
all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In
all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
A fact of life is simply this: God is
God will do what He says!
Look at what Deuteronomy 7:9 promises about
our Lord --- "Know therefore that the
LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which
keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his
commandments to a thousand generations!" Yes, He is
"the faithful God!"
Paul adds: "God
is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the
fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord." 1
Then this promise ...
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to
man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you
to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the
temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to
bear it." 1st Corinthians 10:13
In other words:
"And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the
earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls,
that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which
the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass
unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof." That's
what Joshua said near the end of his long life of serving the
Lord! (Joshua 23:14) Isn't that the very "height" of
And when Israel faced the Red Sea on their
front side ... and an attacking army on their back side ... they
needed (and had) a faithful God!
God said "Go forward!" (Exodus 14:15)
The Israelites obeyed! (Exodus 14:22)
Then watch what God did!
"And the angel of God, which went
before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the
pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood
behind them: And it came between the camp of the Egyptians
and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to
them, but it gave light by night to these: so that
the one came not near the other all the night. And Moses
stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea
to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made
the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And
the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the
dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them
on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians
pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even
all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked
unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of
the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, and took off
their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the
Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the
LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. And the LORD
said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the
waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots,
and upon their horsemen. And Moses stretched forth his
hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the
morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the
LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And
the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen,
and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after
them; there remained not so much as one of them. But the
children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of
the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their
right hand, and on their left. Thus the LORD saved Israel
that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the
Egyptians dead upon the sea shore." Exodus 14:19-30
Was God faithful to His people? Yes!
Was God faithful to His Word? Yes!
Was God faithful to His Plan? Yes!
Was God faithful to Himself? Yes!
Has God ever failed to be faithful? No!
Has God been faithful to you, dear friend?
Will He ever fail you? No!
After all, Titus 1:2 mentions the God who
cannot lie! "In hope of eternal
life, which God, that
cannot lie, promised before the world began!"
And Hebrews 6:19 adds: "That
by two immutable things, in which
it was impossible for
God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have
fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us!"
Notice the capitalized words in those two
God will never lie!
Jesus said: "If
it were not so, I would have told you!" John
Our God IS the very Truth! Again,
listen to Jesus: "I am the way, the
truth, and the life!" What a claim!
He is faithful!
His ways are not our ways. They are
"higher" than that! But His ways are best!
"For my thoughts are not your
thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my
ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Who but our faithful God would have ever
thought of making a way THROUGH the Sea?
Truly Israel could have claimed Psalm 77:19
--- "Lord, Thy way is in the sea,
and thy path in the great waters!"
And the great God, who was faithful that day
3500 years ago ...WILL BE FAITHFUL to you today also!
That's a promise!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Even when problems
come, one thing must be kept in mind.
The Lord is there!
He is with us!
Even in Old
Testament days, it was so!
prophesying I believe of God's future Temple in a literal time
of coming glory, said of Jerusalem: "And
the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there."
"The Lord is there!"
In the Hebrew language that's: "Jehovah
Many textbooks include that Title as one of
When Israel, as a young nation, faced her
greatest problem yet ... the Red Sea dilemma ... the one
critical factor was ... THE LORD WAS THERE WITH HER!
It is essential when trials and difficulties
come to realize this!
Preacher Bagwell, how do you KNOW the Lord
was there with His people?
"And the angel of God,
which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind
them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face,
and stood behind them: And it came between the camp of the
Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and
darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that
the one came not near the other all the night." Exodus
That term, "the Angel of the Lord," is a
"pre-incarnation" reference to the Lord Jesus Christ! He is the
eternal Son of God!
He was with Israel in their greatest crisis!
Look what This Angel is called in Isaiah 63:9
--- "In all their affliction He (our God)
was afflicted, and
the angel of his presence saved them: in His love and
in His pity he redeemed them; and He bare them, and carried them
all the days of old." Amen!
When problems come ... remember the Angel Of
Some preachers believe that God's Presence IN
the trial may be more precious than God exempting you FROM the
Of course these folks by the Sea side that
day did not have a New Testament. But, if they had, look what
would have been available to them ... and IS available to us!
Jesus said: "And, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:20)
Then Paul added in Hebrews 13:5 --- "For
He (the Lord) hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake
THAT'S OUR HELP IN TIME OF TRIAL!
Sense His Presence!
Some trials may be so dark that Gad just
cannot be "seen," even through the eyes of a discerning faith!
Then one has to just believe that He is there! That is, based
upon His Word! Job, shaken by crisis after crisis, longed for
God! "Oh that I (Job) knew where I might
find Him (God)! that I might come even to His seat! I would
order my cause before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I
would know the words which He would answer me, and understand
what He would say unto me." Now, the Patriarch may have
gone a little too far here (under that intense pressure) ... but
he still believed God was there ... somewhere! An old song says
that even in life's darkest moments: "Standing somewhere in the
shadows, you'll find Jesus!" Amen! You sure will!
By faith, remember ... He is there!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
It's just called TRUST!
There comes a time in all insurmountable
problems that one just has to turn it all over to the dear Lord!
There's nothing else you can do!
In Psalm 37: 5 we are taught:
"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also
in him; and he shall bring it to pass." That
verb "commit" means to "roll" all the burden onto the dear Lord!
Roll it over! Now, that's trusting!
Can God handle our problems?
Every single one of them!
Let Peter add this:
"Casting all your care upon him; for he
careth for you." (1st Peter 5:7)
But ... what did God do for Israel here
beside the Red Sea?
A "new" thing!
He did a "Jeremiah 33:3" thing!
"Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and
shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest
Let's look at Exodus 14 ... at God's mighty
and creative "solution" to Israel's problem!
"And Moses stretched out his hand over the
sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong
east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and
the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went
into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the
waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on
their left." Wow!
Trust God's creative Power and Wisdom!
He knows some solution we've never even
(Even things like the "Rapture" of the Church
and His literal "Second Coming" to earth and an eternal place
In our text He controlled (and manipulated)
the winds and the waves ... for the good of His people!
He's that kind of God!
He is almighty! He is omnipotent!
He can do all!
Trust Him ... then sit back and watch!
The "wind" just might start blowing for you
Our great God has NOT yet run out of
"solutions" to the problems His people face!
He Himself delights in that fact, too!
Listen to Him in Jeremiah 32:27 ---
"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of
all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me?"
No, there isn't!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
I do not mean to
sound unkind today.
But when the Bible
teaches something clearly and without doubt, that must be
Troubles will come
to the Christian!
trials are part of the growth process as we trust our Heavenly
BUT woe be unto
the person who "fights" against God's Own children!
Let me put it this way.
There are just certain folks who are
"protected" by the mighty hand of God!
"Widows" fall into that group!
So do the little "orphans" of this world!
Here's Bible proof. In Psalm 68:5 (among
many other places in the Bible) God is called:
"A father of the fatherless, and a judge
of the widows, is God in his holy habitation."
One who wrongs a little fatherless child
faces the wrath of a protective Father above! One who steals
from a widow lady may never get "caught" on earth ... but she
has a Judge in Heaven Who will avenge her adversaries!
God's Preachers fall into that same protected
category! Twice we are warned: "Touch not
mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm." 1st
Chronicles 16:22 and Psalm 105:15 (Don't ever hurt one of God's
While I do not have the space to elongate
this list, I must add one more group, the Israelite people! The
Jews! God's "chosen" nation! God even calls them
"the apple of His eye!"
Deuteronomy 32:10 and Zechariah 2:8
When God first promised Abraham that a
"nation" would be born from his offspring, a promise was given.
"And I will bless them that bless thee,
and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families
of the earth be blessed." Genesis 12:3
Now that brings me to the issue at hand.
Israel in Exodus 14 faced the greatest
problem of her short history! There was an enemy army led by a
powerful monarch (Pharaoh) who sough to capture and harm the
people of God!
They were in a crisis!
But God took care of them!
Later He would say to that nation:
"No weapon that is formed against thee
shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in
judgment thou shalt condemn." Isaiah 54:17
Here He would just prove it!
Here's how the Lord performed His promise.
"And the Egyptians pursued, and went in
after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses,
his chariots, and his horsemen. And it came to pass, that in
the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians
through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled
the host of the Egyptians, and took off their chariot wheels,
that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us
flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them
against the Egyptians. And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch
out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon
the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. And
Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea
returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the
Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians
in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered
the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that
came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one
Note the penalty for seeking Israel's
Christian friend, you too
belong to a special group! You are part of a Blood-washed
throng! You're a member of the New Testament Church! You
comprise the Bride of Christ! He will avenge you also!
If our Lord remembers every thing we do FOR
Him (Hebrews 6:10) ... He surely will remember everything done
AGAINST us as His children!
And He will make it all right in His time.
He's the One Who said:
"Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."
Isaiah 63:4 and Romans 12:19
So ... when your trials come (and come they
will) ... trust God, grown in Grace, pray with all your heart,
sense His great Presence ... but also do not be surprised if He
judges those who have sought to harm you!
It's just part of His "problem control"
Let me now offer you some proof.
When Saul of Tarsus was persecuting the young
Church (new believers in Jesus) ... the Lord accused him of
persecuting Jesus Himself! On the day of his conversion, when
the Light struck him to the earth somewhere near Damascus, this
conversation occurred: "And he (Saul)
fell to the earth, and heard a Voice saying unto him, Saul,
Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord?
And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest!"
Acts 9:4-5 (Saul had never literally persecuted Jesus
individually! He did not even know Jesus according to the
flesh! But he sure had given the Church torment! And Jesus
accuses him of doing to HIM, the Lord, what he had done to His
He who hurts God's people has hurt the Lord
personally! He's the Head ... we are the Body! That's
Christian, through all your trials keep
your eyes on Jesus ... BUT don't be surprised if a few of
your detractors fall by the wayside, victims of God's judgment.
He still protects His Own children!
Do remember these words of Jesus:
"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of
the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me."
What a sobering thought!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Once God has brought you through the problem
at hand, look around and SEE what His mighty Hand hath wrought!
"Surely there is
no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any
divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be
said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!"
Savor His mighty Power!
Here's how Moses was led of God to word this:
"Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out
of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead
upon the sea shore. And Israel saw that great work which
the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD,
and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses." Exodus
It's Biblical to observe what God has done!
"And men shall
speak of the might of Thy terrible acts: and I will declare Thy
greatness." Psalm 145:6
"That I may publish
with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Thy wondrous
works." Psalm 26:7
"Sing unto Him, sing
psalms unto Him: talk ye of all His wondrous works."
"Make me to understand
the way of Thy precepts: so shall I talk of Thy wondrous works."
Then back to Psalm 145:
"I will speak of the glorious honour of
Thy majesty, and of Thy wondrous works."
Such reviews of God's deliverance will
enhance our faith! Faith that needs to grow ... for future
After all, the mighty God Who has never
failed ... is not about to start now!
When life is over and we stand on Heaven's
golden shore, we too will say with Paul the Apostle:
"Persecutions, afflictions, which
came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra (or wherever);
what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the
Lord delivered me." 2nd Timothy 3:11
What a God we have!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Don't forget to
say "Thank You!"
How very important
that little piece of advice is!
When God brings
you through some problem or crisis or "hard" time in life ...
don't forget to say "Thank You!"
That's part of
God's Plan! Listen to Him in Psalm 50:15 ---
"And call upon me in the day of trouble: I
will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me."
After the trouble
... and after the victory ... "Thou shalt
Now this is exactly what Israel did in Exodus
After she had been miraculously brought
through the parted waters of the Red Sea, delivered from the
Egyptian army ... she burst into praise! Praise to her mighty
"Then sang Moses and
the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake,
saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed
gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the
sea." Exodus 15:1
A song of praise has begun!
And it lasts for 21 verses!
Note verse 11 particularly:
"Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the
gods? who is like Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in
praises, doing wonders?" Now, that's praise!
A quick overview of this peon of praise would
look something like this:
1. They praised God's Power! Verses 1-2
2. They praised God's Character! Verse 3 ("The
Lord is a Man of War!")
3. They praised God's Mighty Acts! Verses
4. They praised God's Guidance! Verse 13
5. They praised God's Influence on the
Surrounding Nations! Verses 14-16a
6. They praised God's Future Plans! Verses
7. And their praise was contagious too! It
spread to others! Verses 19-21
Had Isaiah already written this beautiful
verse, perhaps Israel would have built it into their praise song
that joyful day: "When thou passest
through the waters, I
will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not
overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt
not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
God's Hand has been upon Israel!
But ... now let's talk about you and me for a
We might not have been through a literal Red
Sea, but we have been through problems!
And the same God delivered us!
And we too should praise His dear Name!
"Then they cried unto
the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their
distresses." Psalm 107:6
Therefore, with the Psalmist, we should say:
"I will praise Thee (Lord): for Thou hast
heard me, and art become my Salvation." Psalm 118:21
Then, remembering what great things God has
done for us, our lips should obey Psalm 145:10 ---
"All Thy works shall praise thee, O LORD;
and Thy saints shall bless thee."
Today think back over your life.
Remember the times He has delivered you!
Then ... praise Him with all your heart!
It's the proper response to His great power!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell