What is in Front—Not Behind

Saturday, January 11
Exodus 13:17—14:14

Click or touch “Firestarter”
To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.

Photo Courtesy – http://mbrsart.deviantart.com

God led the people by wilderness—empty space where God can speak to hearts. The people do the first of what would often happen during the next forty years: they complain. Just as Peter who walked on water, but soon doubted and fell, so do the hearts of the Israelites sink as they see nothing but disaster coming behind them in the army of Pharaoh galloping toward them. See the dust clouds in the distance; hear the strident noises and rumbling of the chariots. The enemy is coming! The Hebrews are distracted from the pillar of fire and the cloud before them, mindful only of the disaster pressing from behind. They have no notion of how God is going to open the Red Sea before them.

Jesus, the New Moses, encourages you to keep your eyes in front of you where God’s salvation is ever coming. Don’t pay attention to the noises of the Enemy behind. Your miracle is coming!

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
Cloud by day and fire by night 13:21
“Do not be afraid: stand firm.” 14:13
“Keeping still: the Lord will fight. 14:14
You ever make me way.

Click or touch the image
for the version for children and families.

Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Scripture Recordings in over 700 languages!
Faith Comes By Hearing

Audio Bible App from www.bible.is

The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions
near the International Date Line.

One thought on “What is in Front—Not Behind

  1. Like many of you, I have read this scripture a number of times and have heard it read at various times throughout my life.

    We concentrate on God’s dividing the sea for the children of Israel to go through in order to escape the Egyptians. It is a fantastic scene to visualize, to see in the movies…God parting the Red Sea for His children.

    There is, however, another miracle in this story which I just noticed today. I have read it many times, but I was not really aware of its importance until today. We know from reading the story that the Egyptians were quite close to the children of Israel. It took all night for them to cross to the other side of the Red Sea. The question is why were the Egyptians unable to catch up to them in their chariots.

    The answer is in Exodus 14:19-20:

    “And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.” NKJV

    I would love to see that portrayed in a movie. I enjoy thinking about it! God had His children covered all the way around just as He does for you and me now. I am so glad I noticed that today. I am clueless as to why it did not penetrate my thinking before.

    God is good!



How does the Word touch you?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s