There are times in our lives when God asks difficult things of us. When He asks us to trust Him implicitly. When the path forward doesn’t make sense to our mortal minds. These occasions are especially hard when we find ourselves in one of life’s wildernesses. The question comes at these times. Can you trust the Plan? Can you trust the path that God has you on? Can you trust God?
There is not another story in all of literature that is recounted more than the crossing of the Red Sea. It has been recounted for millennia, it has been the subject of countless movies and books. We are all familiar with the story. And that might be a problem. Are we so familiar with the story that we have lost sight of the text? Because there is something amazing that is occurring in the text of this story when we pay close attention to the text.
In the midst of this epic story about the escape of Israel from the clutches of their Egyptian Overlords, comes a curious example of two instructions that break up the flow of the story. Why are these instructions, one or the festival of unleavened bread and the other for the sanctification of the firstborn, inserted here? What can we learn from these commands that means anything at all for us today?
At the Passover, all of Israel was saved out of Egypt and led into the wilderness. But if we examine the text we discover that “All Israel” includes some who were not blood sons of Abraham. A “Mixed Multitude” left Egypt alongside those that the world considered Israel. But the division of who is part of Israel and who is not does not stop here. The text defines for us where that line lays for future generations.