TO STAND STILL
“YES – BUT NOT FOR LAZINESS”
following is probably one of my favourite scriptures:
the children of Israel, that they TURN and ENCAMP
BETWEEN MIGDOL AND THE SEA, OVER AGAINST BAALZEPHON:
shall ye encamp by the sea. Exodus 14:2
Moses had ended up right at the very tip, the very bottom of the misnamed Mt Sinai Peninsula.
beach resort town of Sharm el-Shiekh would be the location of where
crossed the Red Sea. It is perched on the Red Sea and hedged in by
Peninsula has been misnamed as Mt Sinai is across the waters of the Red
is located in Arabia, Jordan.
got to the Red Sea.
Moses had a few million people depending on him.
Moses had been brought to the end of himself as it were.
Moses had been reduced to nothing.
Moses could not retreat as the Egyptian armies were hot on his heels.
turning the corner at the bottom of Mt Sinai, had to TURN back
mountains before him were impassable.
to ENCAMP, that is, set up camp, by the sea and be still.
camped on the sea-shore at and before PIHAHIROTH whose meaning
mouth of the sea”.
This was the place from which God would take them across the sea.
Look at a map, this place is shaped like an open mouth (Matt 13:35; 2Cor 6:11; Eph 6:19). Open mouths result, and indeed, produce deliverance if allowed (Acts 18:12-14).
on a very large stretch of beach, camped BETWEEN MIGDOL AND THE
trapped with Migdol behind them. Migdol was an Egyptian watch
military outpost from which messages could be sent back to the pursuing
sacred mountain of the
ancient pagan Canaanite religion and was
located directly across the Red Sea.
confronted with the sight of Mount Baal Zephon before him. He was OVER
ABOUT THAT? TALK ABOUT HEMMED IN!
chased by the whole and full force of the Egyptian armies.
shadowed by an Egyptian military outpost
with the presence of Baal across the sea
LORD says “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the
BELIEVER, IT IS GOD’S DELIGHT TO DELIVER
command to the believer when reduced to intolerable straits and brought
extraordinary difficulties, that we stand still.
You cannot go forward.
You cannot go backward.
You are shut up on the right hand.
You are shut up on the left hand.
OF LIGHT WOULD HAVE US DO ONE OF 4 THINGS:
SAYS “LIE AND DIE”
Does God want this? No. He would have us with cheerful courage even in our worst times.
didn’t say “That’s it Israel. We’re done. Let’s drink some Kool Aid,
SAYS “GO BACK TO THE WORLD”
Does God want this? No. He does not want us to say it’s too difficult and stop living as a Christian.
didn’t fall on his knees and beg forgiveness from Pharoah and promise
good little pagan Egyptians.
Does God want this? No. Action says to stir yourself, standing still and waiting is nothing but idleness.
not say “All right men, arm yourselves, we will turn and fight the
SAYS “MARCH INTO THE SEA AND EXPECT A MIRACLE”
Does God want this? No. This is the false mantra of the church today “How big is your faith! Step out and conquer!”
not say “Start speaking in tongues! Get filled with the Holy Ghost!
it and claim it!”
WILL I KNOW WHAT TO DO?
Reader, having spent a large proportion of my life at University, I was
aware that I didn’t pass exams when I got into the examination
passing was done months and months before in preparation in the
knowledge from books, lectures, Professors and so on.
is the man who decides to run a marathon without training for years
Reader, the Christian life is the same.
you hear the still small voice (1King 19:12) if you haven’t
yourself to hear it.
YOU BEEN FEEDING/ABSORBING/LISTENING TO?
know the thoughts and intents of your heart?
vast majority of Christians listen to popular ‘Christian’ music, the
travel, TV evangelists, TV, church activities, read corrupt Bibles,
Pipers … the list is endless with three lusts at the centre … eyes,
pride of life (1Jn 2:16 Gal 5:16).
You know a
sort of “Live life! Love Life! Be life! God will give you the life you
love and live! Live to love and love to live!
“I’ve got a life to live as well” said one fellow recently … family here, movies there, entertainment events elsewhere and so on.
Unless you have renewed your mind (Rom 12:2) and cleaned your life up, despair, cowardice, action and false faith will be your only recourse in times of trouble.
Moses had spent 40 years in the ways of the Egyptian world.
spent 40 years in the desert with sheep listening to God.
no doubt or hesitation in hearing God’s voice.
difference between the voice of God Almighty and the voices of the
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