Dave Burnette's Commentary

Exodus Chapter 14

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: The Record of God's Deliverance of Israel (c 1-40)
Theme: Israel in the Wilderness (c 13-18)
Message: The Parting of the Red Sea (v 1-31)

Exodus 14 Commentary

(14:6-9) Egypt Attempts to Kill the Isrealites - Six hundred Egyptian war chariots were bearing down on the helpless Israelites, who were trapped between the mountains and the sea. The war chariots each carried two people--one to drive and one to fight. These chariots were each made of a wood or leather cab placed over two wheels, and they were pulled by horses. These were the armored tanks of Bible times. But even their power was no match for God, who destroyed the chariots and their soldiers.

(14:10-11) Israel doubts God - Trapped against the sea, the Israelites faced the Egyptian army sweeping in for the kill. The Israelites thought they were doomed. Even after watching God's powerful hand deliver them from Egypt, their only response was fear, whining, and despair. Where was their trust in God? They had to learn from repeated experience that God was able to provide for them. God has preserved these examples in the Bible so that we can learn to trust him the first time. By focusing on God's faithfulness in the past, we can face crises with confidence rather than with fear and complaining.

(14:11-12) A Pattern of Unbelief - This is the first instance of grumbling and complaining by the Israelites. Grumbling would become a major problem for the people on this journey. Their lack of faith in God is startling. Yet how often do we find ourselves doing the same thing-complaining over inconveniences or discomforts? The Israelites were about to learn some tough lessons. Had they trusted God, they would have been spared much grief.

(14:13-14) Moses Trusts the Lord - The people were hostile and despairing, but Moses encouraged them to watch the wonderful way God would rescue them. Moses had a positive attitude! When it looked as if they were trapped, Moses called upon God to intervene. We may not be chased by an army, but we may still feel trapped. Instead of giving in to despair, we should adopt Moses' attitude: "Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you today."

(14:15) Moses Acts Upon the Lord - The Lord told Moses to stop praying and get moving! The Lord Answered Moses Prayer but He Failed to take Immediate Action and Trust in the Direction the Lord was Directing Him. If we know what we should do, then it is time to get moving.

(14:21) The Lord Dried the Base of the River - The Bible clearly states that 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" (14:21; see also Joshua 3:15-16; 2 Kings 2:13-14). Also, the water was deep enough to cover the chariots (Exodus 14:28). The God who created the earth and water performed a mighty miracle at exactly the right time to demonstrate his great power and love for his people.

(14;22) God Makes a Way - There was no apparent way of escape, but the Lord opened up a dry path through the sea./ Sometimes we find ourselves caught in a problem and see no way out. Don't panic; God can open up a way.

(14:27-28) God Defeats Our Enemies - Just as the Lord made a way for His People, He Quickly Destroyed the Enemies that tried to use God's Path to do Evil. We cannot use the Blessings of God to do Our Own Selfish Will.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Let the Lord Fight Your Battles

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Exodus with Chapter 14 and i n today's text we see the timeless account of the story that we were told as a children. The parting of the Red Sea and the crossing of Israel on dry ground while escaping from Egypt. In making application verses 14 & 25 stand out to me where it states how the Lord fought their battles. In the Bible - Egypt is type of the world and today the world still at conflict with the people of God. In fighting the world we need to remember the fact that the battle is the Lords. He fights our battles and we are to be as Israel and stand while obeying the Lord. Realizing your in the battle is crucial so stand in the power of the Lord, let Him fight your battles and you will see victory. How about you? Do you recognize that you are in a battle? Learn from today's text and the nation of Israel and the example they set before us to let the Lord fight your battles


Exodus 14

Exodus 14

 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 2Speak 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 the sea.

 3For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.

 4And 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.

 5And 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?

 6And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:

 7And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.

 8And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.

 9But 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, before Baalzephon.

 10And 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.

 11And they 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?

 12Is 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.

 13And 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.

 14The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

 15And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

 16But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

 17And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

 18And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

 19And 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:

 20And 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.

 21And 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.

 22And 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.

 23And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

 24And 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,

 25And 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.

 26And 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.

 27And 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.

 28And 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.

 29But 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.

 30Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.

 31And 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.