Crossing the Red Sea

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“Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exodus 14:13).

When the children of Israel see the Egyptians following them to the Red Sea, they are frightened and think they will surely die. But Moses tells them, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today…. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” (Ex. 14:13,14). Then the Lord performed one of the amazing miracles He did for the children of Israel. He parted the Red Sea so they could walk across on dry land. The Lord took care of the children of Israel, saving them from the Egyptians. So, too, He lovingly cares for all of His children.

The Story

Read portions of the story told in Exodus 13 and 14

  • Exodus 13:21-22     The Lord leads the Israelites with the pillar of cloud and fire
  • Exodus 14:5-9         The Egyptian army follows them 
  • Exodus 14:10-12     The Israelites are afraid and cry out to the Lord
  • Exodus 14:13-18     The Lord tells Moses that He will protect them
  • Exodus 14:19-22     The Lord helps the Israelites cross the Red Sea
  • Exodus 14: 23-31    The Egyptians pursue them and are destroyed

Crossing the Red Sea Retold
A simpler version for young children.

Ideas for discussion

  1. The Lord protected Moses and prepared Him for the great work of leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. When Pharaoh agreed to let the Israelites leave, the Lord led the way with a pillar of cloud and fire.
  2. Divine protection is shown by the cloud which was an army of angels. How might you feel if you could see the pillar of cloud and fire leading the way?
  3. Pharaoh chased the Israelites when he changed his mind about letting the Israelites leave Egypt. How did the children of Israel feel when they saw the Egyptians coming after them with an army of chariots? (They were very afraid.)
  4. How did Moses reassure the people? (“Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.”) Moses told them to trust that the Lord would protect them.  
  5. What happened to the Egyptians when they followed the Israelites? (The water covered them, and they were drowned.) How did the Israelites respond? (They were happy and thanked the Lord for saving them.)
  6. The Lord does not want us to be anxious about the future, because anxiety draws our minds away from thinking about spiritual things. Trusting that the Lord is with us and providing all that we need for our spiritual welfare, can help us maintain a healthy perspective on life.
  7. The attitude of trusting in the Lord is a spiritual orientation that can give us great peace of mind. Those who trust in the Lord have faith that He is guiding them toward eternal happiness. But this trust does not come easily. We are inclined to feel that we are in charge, and that only we know what will make us truly happy. As we learn more about the Lord’s infinite love and His Divine providence, we may find it easier to rely on Him and have confidence that He is guiding us.

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