The Exodus – Part 1 The Fringe of the Infinite
And the children of Israel journeyed from Ramases to Succoth about six-hundred thousand on foot that were men not counting the women, children, or the mixed multitude. There were flocks, herds and a vast amount of cattle. They went with shoes on their feet and staffs in their hands. They had jewels of silver and gold and very fine raiment; for the Lord had given them favor of the Egyptians. They spoiled the Egyptians for the 450 years of labor that was extracted upon them. They were in such a hurry that they did not take the time to prepare the food for their journey; for it was like they were thrust of of the land. It looked like a sea of people streaming out by the hundreds of thousands. Thus began the sojourning of Israel as a nation!
They started with 17 souls. Joseph, his brothers, their father Jacob, and their wives. God was calling His people out. And as a loving father the Lord went before them. All their sojourning He went before in a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day. That night they left Ramases and pitched their camp in Succoth. Then on they went to Etham, to the edge of the Egyptian wilderness, to Pihahiroth. This is where Pharaoh would say, “they are entangled in the land, the wilderness has shut them in.” From his military adversaries he thought he had boxed them in. Moses said unto his people, “Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The Lord will reveal Himself this day. These Egyptians whom ye have seen today ye shall see them no more forever. The Lord shall surely fight for you and ye shall hold your peace.” This day the salvation of the Lord would certainly be manifested!
Moses, the servant of the Lord, was instructed to lift up his rod over the waters and stretch out his hand. As he did, the seas rolled back and was divided that the children of Israel could go forth on dry ground. The path was made plain. The deliverance was sure. As this great demonstration of authority was acted upon even the winds and obeyed. Surely they caught a glimpse of God’s Christ commanding the elements standing forth on the fringe of the infinite. God’s salvation personified.