And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them…
I. WHAT GOD IS TO HIS OWN IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE.
1. He comes between them and their foes. God's presence is between us and our enemies, and they can do no more against us than his love permits.
2. He is light to them in the time of peril.
3. The waters are divided before them However much our way may seem hedged in, God's arm will open up a path for us.
4. The way was not only a path of escape, but one of perfect safety; the waters were a wall to them upon the right hand and the left.
II. WHAT GOD IS TO HIS PEOPLE'S FOES.
1. Their path is wrapped in darkness. They cannot lay hold of the weakest of those who but a moment before seemed wholly in their power. They are perplexed and baffled.
2. Daring to follow they are filled with horror by the revelation that their contest is with the mighty God: they are face to face not with the servant, but the master.
3. Their progress is arrested (25).
4. They in vain attempt to flee. Men may flee to God; they cannot flee from God.
5. They are overwhelmed with destruction.
III. THE RESULT OF THE CONFLICT (31).
1. The people are filled with holy awe. "They feared Jehovah. God's judgments deepen in his people's hearts the sense of his terribleness and majesty."
2. It strengthened their faith; they believed the Lord.
3. It produced a spirit of obedience: they "believed has servant Moses." They were baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea. The outcome of fear and trust must be full obedience to him who leads us into the promised rest - the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. - U.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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: