“By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned” ( Hebrews 11:29 )
It takes faith to walk into the midst of the sea with water piled high to both your left and right side trusting that you will make it safely across. However, this is exactly what the Israelites did as they fled from the Egyptians. God demonstrated His power both to Israel and the nation of Egypt as He fully delivered His children from their captors.
As they fled, the Israelites looked back to see the Egyptians pursuing them. Crying out against Moses for bringing them to a place of sure death, Moses responded in faith “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. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still” ( Exodus 14:13-14 ). He spoke in faith that the Lord would deliver his people before he knew what the plan for deliverance was.
The account of what happened next was amazing, “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.” ( Exodus 14:15-18 ).
The Lord responded to Moses faith and delivered His people as promised. Moses acted in faith by raising his staff and stretching out his hand over the sea and in return God moved the waters creating an escape path of dry ground. The angel of God blocked the way of the Egyptians so that Israelites could safely escape. After the entire nation was safely across, the Egyptians pursued, only to be drowned as the waters returned to their natural place. God’s power and glory was displayed as He delivered His people remaining true to His word.
Faith is what propelled Moses to lead the people out of Egypt and faith is what sustained them through their escape. God always responds to the faith of His children. “As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame” ( Romans 10:11 ).