Monday, June 15th, 2009
"[Pharaoh] will certainly chase after them." (Exodus 14:4)
Pharaoh, feeling that he has made a mistake in allowing the Israelites to leave Egypt, sets off in hot pursuit. As the Egyptian army comes into sight, the Israelites become terrified and cry out to Moses. Moses replies: “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and see the salvation of Jehovah, which he will perform for you today.” (Exodus 14:5-14) In obedience to God’s command, Moses now stretches his hand out. The account continues: “Jehovah began making the sea go back by a strong east wind all night long . . . At length the sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on dry land.” The Egyptians take up the pursuit, but Jehovah throws the camp of the Egyptians into confusion. Then he tells Moses: “Stretch your hand out over the sea, that the waters may come back over the Egyptians.” So complete is the destruction of Pharaoh’s armies that not a single soldier is left alive!—Exodus 14:21-28; Psalm 136:15.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/07, 2:11, 12)