Exodus 13-15

When Pharaoh let the Israelites go, God led them around by a desert road toward the Red Sea. He didn't lead them through the Philistine country, although that was a shorter route, because He knew that if the Israelites faced war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt (13:17-18).

The Lord did not leave the Israelites on their own in the desert. He went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud during the day and in a pillar of fire at night. The pillar of fire gave them light, so they could travel by day or night.

God had everything under control. He told Moses where the Israelites should encamp (14:2). In verse 4 God told Moses that He would harden Pharaoh's heart, and Pharaoh would pursue the Israelites.

Just as God had said, Pharaoh and his army came after them. When the Israelites saw the Egyptians coming, they were terrified and said to Moses, ''It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!'” (v. 12).

In verse 15 the Lord said to Moses, ''Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.'” God told Moses exactly what to do. As the Israelites approached the Red Sea, Moses raised his staff and stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. Then the Israelites crossed through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left! What a miracle!

The Egyptians pursued the Israelites, and all of Pharaoh's horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. The Lord also made the wheels of the chariots fall off. Then the Lord told Moses to stretch out his hand over the sea again. Moses obeyed and the waters came back and covered all the Egyptians, their chariots and their horses. Not one of them survived.

When the people saw what the power of the Lord had done they feared the Lord. They also knew that everything Moses had told them had been from the Lord, and they put their trust in the Lord and in Moses His servant.

Chapter 15 opens with the song of Moses and Miriam (15:1-18). The Israelites sang in praise and worship to the Lord because He had delivered them from the hands of Pharaoh and the Egyptians.

Then Moses led the Israelites from the Red Sea to the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled without food or water. The people grumbled against Moses (v. 24). You would think that they would have learned that God had His hand on everything Moses did.

In verse 25 the Lord provided water for them. The Lord told the people, ''If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you” (v. 26). What a powerful verse for us to remember today!

Be sure to read the three chapters, and then fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.


WORKSHEET

When Pharaoh let the Israelites go, God led them around by a desert road toward the ___ ___

The Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud during the ___, and in a pillar of fire at _____.

___ had everything under control. He told Moses where the Israelites should ______ (14:2).

God told Moses that He would ______ Pharaoh's heart, and Pharaoh would ______ them (14:4).

Just as God had said, Pharaoh and his ____ came after them, and the Israelites were 'terrified and cried out to the ____” (14:10).

The Lord said to Moses, ''Why are you ______ out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on'” (14:15).

The pillar of _____ moved from in front of the Israelites and stood behind them, bringing _____ to the Israelites and ________ to the Egyptians (14:19-20).

Moses raised his _____ and stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong ____ ____ and turned it into dry land (14:21).
Then the Israelites crossed through the sea on ___ ______ (14:22).

All of Pharaoh's horses and chariots and ________ followed the Israelites into the ___ (14:23).

Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the ______ came back and covered the _________.

The Israelites sang in ______ and _______ to God because He had delivered them (15:1-18).

Then the Israelites traveled for _____ ____ without finding water, and they ________ against Moses. Moses cried out to God, and the Lord provided _____ for them to drink (15:22-25).

The Lord told them if they ______ His commands, He would not bring on them any of the ________ He brought on the Egyptians. 'For I am the Lord, who _____ you” (15:26)

Memory Verse: ''If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land'” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Exodus 13 to 15
Go to the Word
 

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

Exodus 14:23                           Exodus 15:25                           Exodus 14:13               Exodus 13:15

Exodus 14:29                           Exodus 15:13                           Exodus 15:23               Exodus 13:21
 

''When _______ stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed every                   Exodus ______

firstborn in Egypt, both man and animal. This is why I _________ to the

Lord the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my
firstborn ____.'”
 

'By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of _____ to guide them                 Exodus ______

on their way and by night in a pillar of ____ to give them light, so that

they could travel by day or night.”
 

'But the __________ went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of             Exodus ______

water on their right and on their left.”
 

'Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord ______ him a piece of               Exodus ______

wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became _____.”
 

'Moses answered the people, 'Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see Exodus ______
the ___________ the Lord will bring you today.'”
 

'The Egyptians _______ them, and all Pharaoh's horses and chariots and                  Exodus ______

horsemen followed them into the sea.”
 

''In your _________ love you will lead the people you have redeemed.'”                  Exodus ______
 

'When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was              Exodus ______
______.”