We began this study by discussing the role our desires play in living for God. Time after time, we see that those in the Scriptures who were most effective in doing God's will, were the ones who went after their desires. God does so much more in our lives when we live by faith!
The only kind of life the Israelites knew in Egypt was that of bondage. They woke every day, performed their labor, then went to bed- basically a life of survival. It was the best they thought they could do or ever hope for their children- sound familiar? Weeks became months, months became years, and years became decades of existing as slaves; they had lost who they were, and the significance of who their fathers were. Little did they know, the God of their fathers had plans for them on the other side. Notice how Moses' desires motivated him in our text:
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he has respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
Why did Moses choose to do all these things? Because his desire was to get his people to the other side; that was the desire God placed in his heart. What's your ideal life? Deep within your spirit, it's where faith can take you, to the other side. Freedom, peace, and a life of abundance are all on the other side of the "Red Sea". As you will see, God arranges things when we face our fears, which lead to unspeakable results.
Today's beast society feeds itself by spreading fear, while enabling us to avoid facing our fears. Our Father, as is illustrated in this event, wants us to face our fears so we can be free. We should want whatever we do for God to count in the most effective way. We can reach that point only in the unseen realm of faith.
Indeed, the Red Sea crossing was an actual, historical event. Yet the Apostle Paul is recounting it this way as a picture of how God can bring us to our heartfelt desires by faith. The Egyptians were "assaying" or attempting to pass to the other side but "drowned," why? Because they were operating in anger, trying to force things with their flesh. THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS WE CAN ACCOMPLISH BY FAITH WHICH CANNOT BE ACCOMPLISHED BY ANY MEANS. Israel ends up passing thru the Red Sea as though it was "dry land", while the Egyptian armies rushed in as it would close all around them. Attempting to be Christians thru external or forceful means only leads to selfish pride and frustration, even death, just look at the current political scene.
Don't forget, these are your Israelite ancestors who "passed through" to the other side. For we would not be here if this crossing had not occurred. Additionally, there are great lessons of faith to glean. In this life, what do you desire; what do you believe God has on the other side for you? Can you taste the salty air of a beachfront location? Can you imagine in your mind the one God has for you to spend your life with? Whatever your goal or destination, God wants you to arrive in peace. For our Father not only wants to give us what we really want, but to provide the ability to enjoy it.
Within the Genesis 10 Adamic Nations, we find Abram came from Noah's son Shem. The modern term 'anti-semetic' comes from the name Shem. Though it isn't within the scope of this study to do so, we have presented undeniable evidence which proves that those who call themselves jews today are not the ancient Israelites of the Old Testament. Therefore understand, they cannot be Shemites or 'semetic' because they are not of the pure Adamic line thru Shem- they are Canaanites. If you are white, more than likely you are a Shemite, the jews are actually the anti-semites for being against the Shemites, while trying to take our place.
Looking at Genesis 10:21, we find that Eber (where the name Hebrew originates) was in the line of Shem. The meaning of the name "Eber" (which genetically includes Israel being from the line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #5677 from #5676 meaning a region across...on the opposite side...over, passage. This speak of those who cross to the other side of something, such as a body of water, river or sea. This name Eber or Hebrew is the root for names given to places throughout our Israelite ancestor's migrations into Europe. Spain for instance, was originally called Iberia being on the other side of the Mediteranean Sea from Palestine. Also Ireland was originally called Hibernia since it's founders would have crossed the Mediteranean from Palestine, before going north to get there. A huge part of our history is how our people have crossed over to the other side into other lands, unto greater blessings.
IT IS OUR ISRAELITE HERITAGE TO GO AFTER WHAT GOD HAS FOR US. While the Israelites had escaped Egypt, they weren't free, they were still on the run. Something seemed to be preventing them- the Red Sea. To get to what they desire, they must get to the other side. Let us take a closer look at the actual account as recorded by Moses:
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pi-ha-hi-roth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. 3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. 4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.
From Israel's perspective, they'd been beaten down over and over again- then God brings in Moses. As soon as they catch their breath after departing Egypt, what they fear most is about to be in motion- what will they do? From God's perspective, He is showing Moses (and us) how He is able to create perfect scenarios for Israel to receive our desires on the other side of our fears. Everything He does is for our good and His glory.
Yahweh told Moses exactly what He wanted Israel to do- "turn" back and camp "by the sea." He then tells Moses His plan involving Pharoah and his armies. Why is He doing this? God wants them to face their fear. Until they do, they will not see the way to freedom.
After Yahweh communicated exactly where He wanted "the children of Israel" to go, He told Moses the thoughts of Pharoah, and that He would harden Pharaoh's heart. God is in total control of the situation, Pharaoh, his armies- everything. In the unseen realm of faith we have access to this same Omniscient God, Who holds the hearts of men in His Omnipotent Hand. He alone can orchestrate events to take us to the other side. God is setting the stage for a great miracle to occur.
5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? 6 And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: 7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them. 8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. 9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon. 10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. 11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
Sometimes it can get worse before it get's better. Part of hardening Pharaoh's heart involved Pharaoh not remembering why he let Israel go. He is coming for them with "six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them."
As the Egyptian armies make their pursuit, the Israelites began to despair. We immediately sense their fear as they resort to carnal thinking, looking to protect thier flesh. They began to mouth off at God by accusing Moses of setting them up for slaughter. They then pull out the old 'we told you so' on Moses, whining about how they never should have left Egypt in the first place. For they admit, they'd prefer going back to being slaves in Egypt, rather than even dying with dignity, as free men. They haven't even given God a chance to intervene.
When we first step out in faith, we tend to expect results too quickly. When adversity comes, our carnal mind attempts to make us feel like we're being tricked or deceived: "And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?" As impending death was so certain in their minds, they questioned God. But why would God use Moses to get them out of Egypt, just to have them killed?! This illustrates how our carnal mind always leads us to assume the worst which almost never happens. There is no reason for them to doubt God, for He doesn't even allow Pharaoh and his armies to touch them.
In the unseen realm we learn to stop listening to our carnal minds and to discern what's really going on based on the character and promises of God. God already told Moses exactly how it would be. It's always darkest just before the dawn. God's trip for them to the other side was still developing as the certainty of its success had not changed.
This was Israel's greatest fear. For God knows if we can conquer our greatest fear, we can handle anything on the other side. What is your greatest fear? God wants you to face it and be free of it. In fact, He may be orchestrating circumstances in your life right now to this end.
You may not know you're greatest fear. The best way to deal with fear when it comes up, is be ready to look it straight in the eye. On the other side of our fear is our desire coming to pass- HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?! God's perfect will is not only to get Iraelites to the other side, but for us to be fearless. When the Bible says they did it "By faith" it means they faced and overcame their fears.
13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. 15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: 16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
A symptom of doubting God is when we start scrambling around trying to make something happen ourselves. Yet Moses tells them, "Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day." Again, we see the preferred state of our hearts in the unseen realm of faith- being still, peaceful. The time to be act will eventually come. But at this point they were to step aside and see what God can do.
They must then turn their backs on the Egyptian armies and "go forward" toward the sea. We will never reach the other side if we keep our attention on what we fear. In the unseen realm we must face our fear, then turn it over to God, trusting in His protection. Once you've acknowleged your fear, don't let it shut you down- KEEP GOING FORWARD IN FAITH.
Just think, the next time you're confronted by what you fear, it could be the last time. God told Moses, "for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever." God was allowing them to be backed up against the Red Sea by Egyptian armies, not to be conquered themselves, but to conquer their fear. TRUST GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU NO MATTER HOW BAD THINGS MAY SEEM IN YOUR CARNAL MIND.
God extends mercy to Moses by giving him something to do in dividing the Red Sea. Pinpoint what God has given you to do, allowing it to occupy your mind to where your attention turns away from your fears. In light of this, God makes a promise to give them a protected passage way to the other side. Rather than just dividing the waters Himself, God tells Moses to "lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it." By doing something so simple, God was telling Moses to do something no one else had ever done. He imparted it to Moses in a way that Moses could imagine it all happening in his mind beforehand. For how can we really say we believe God can do something for us, if we cannot even imagine it in our minds? As Moses would stretch out his staff and hand over the sea, it would divide "and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea." God has the power to take whatever is in our way and transform it into a pathway to the other side. STOP WORRYING ABOUT DYING AND START LIVING FOR GOD!
17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. 18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. 19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: 20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. 21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, 25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.
These soldiers would have slaughtered them. Egypt's blood-thirsty anger toward their fellow Adamites would be the cause of their own death. Yet if it hadn't been for God stirring up Pharaoh and the Egyptian armies to approach them, the Israelites wouldn't have had the needed incentive to move in the direction of the Red Sea. Tough circumstances can be God providing the nudge we need to move in the right direction. We move onto the scene of the miraculous when we are willing to believe in the impossible. What appeared to be their biggest obstacle, God transformed into the pathway of freedom for them.
What are you willing to go thru in order to get to the other side; to God's perfect will for your life? The more we confront our fears, the closer we are to the other side.
26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. 27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. 29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. 31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.
Imagine being an Israelite, then moving together across the floor of the Red Sea with the great armies of Egypt chasing you from behind. It would appear to the carnal mind that this would be the end- until the waters began to crash in. Going into it, they just knew the Egyptians were going to kill them. Yet the Egyptians never layed a finger on them and they didn't even get wet. For what they feared most, going into the elements (such as the sea) or the attacks of militiary power (like the Egyptian armies) could not prevent God from taking them to the other side. It's not the things we fear but our God Who guides us to our perfect destiny. Fear has no place on the other side.
What made the difference with the Israelites crossing the Red Sea versus the Egyptians not making it across? Just faith. Faith which takes you where no man has gone before, to witness what no man has ever seen before. "By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land." In the unseen realm of faith God makes a way for us to the other side.
As we have said before, faith and fear oppose one another. But so too do our desires stand opposed to our fear. This is why it is so important to be sure what it is you truly desire. For the way our desire is evil, is if it's not what's best for us. That's why many may want to scoff at the idea of asking God to give them something, because possibly if God gave them what you want, it would ruin your life, though it may be just right for you. One having a knee-jerk negativity against those who want to obey God by practicing faith, indicates his heart is full of darkness. Therefore, if someone wants to judge us believing God, then let them remain where they are in fear and unbelief, while we pass thru to God's perfect will on the other side where there is total freedom awaiting us! For once we move past our fears, the other side is ours.
Has there always been someone there to tell you, "It can't be done?" Maybe it was you, yourself. If you keep listening, you will continue to fall short of God's glory, which is sin. In the unseen realm of faith, we can find out the bright side of the story God intends for our lives. The children of Israel crossing the Red Sea illustrates how God can guide us to our greatest victory despite the toughest of circumstances.
America has always been called 'the land of the free.' But what good is to claim we are free, if we're still in bondage to our own fears and doubts? Whether you believe it or not, your greatest God-given desires coming to pass are on the other side of your fears. Ultimately, it was God's desire that won the day because Israel made it to the other side, untouched and unscathed. God puts willing Israelites in the position where depending upon Him leads to miracles. Pray whites today will realize that God has so much more for us, if we'll just follow Him to the other side.