I truly never thought I’d see the day when my Bible study time would bring me such laughter. God knows I need laughter in my life right now, and He provided it in all places…Exodus! Yes, Exodus. You know…pharaohs, plagues, heading for the Promised Land. Yes, that Exodus. I was reading Exodus 14:13-15 to prepare to teach Bible study this evening. I always look forward to what God will show me, but never expected the humor I found in Him this time. Not funny ha ha! No, more like funny as in, “yep, that’s exactly what we do!” You can’t help but shake your head and laugh.
The way I begin my study is always reading scripture, then studying any words that strike me. Finally, I create a paraphrase that helps me to better apply the scripture to my own life. This one was a doozy y’all! I truly never saw it coming. Now, if you know anything about me from reading my posts, my humor is a bit silly and sarcastic. I love to just lay it out there…you know, let’s be real. That’s what the Lord did to me in this passage. Join me, and we will begin in the scripture.
“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” Exodus 14:13-15
How many times does God tell us not to be afraid? It is mentioned 365 times in the Bible. Obviously the Lord is trying to get it though our thick skulls. Mine must be far thicker than the average skull, because I need far more frequent reminders. Life would be far easier for this chick if I would only remember that God has my back!
“Stand firm” is the next statement God has given to Moses to pass on to the people. Stand firm. In other words, be still, be quiet, plant your feet and zip your lip. Why? Because the Lord has something to do here folks, and if we are chatting it up, we are going to miss it. What will we miss? Deliverance dear Sister! Deliverance! The Lord your God…my God, wants to deliver us. He wants to scoop us up and save us from a life of slavery. He is going to keep us safe y’all! The Lord God loves you so much that He wants to keep you safe. In this particular reference, God is going to deliver His people from the slavery they are enduring in Egypt. However, this desire to deliver carries through to this very day. God our Father desires to deliver us from any danger and bondage that keeps us separated from Him…yesterday, today and tomorrow.
God goes on to say, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Fight for you dear Sister! Strong’s Concordance says fight means: consume, devour, overcome, or prevail. Apply that to what the Lord is saying in this passage. The Lord is saying to you and to me, “I will fight for you dear child, I will devour the enemy, you just need to be still. Still meaning: silent, quiet, calm, lacking movement. Quit moving around, complaining, and chatting it up. Stand still, and zip your lip, I’m here to devour the enemy for you. I don’t know about you dear Sister, but I never really thought about it that way. Oh but wait, God had more to show me.
“Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” This is where God broke this passage down to me in “real woman” speak as I’d like to call it. He showed me that this passage is about so much more than pharaohs, Egyptians, and slaves. Y’all, this is about you and me! In my own crazy Tonya paraphrase, here’s what God said to me. Child quit your crying and whining, and do what I’m telling you to do! Stop being afraid, I’ve got this. Don’t question Me, don’t try to help Me, don’t formulate a plan. Just stand still, and zip your lip. I’m here to fight for you! I’m going to devour the enemy. Chew him up and spit him out! You child, I’m here to rescue you, now do what I told you to do!
Tonight, after teaching this passage, we all shared laughter. I mean, how can you not laugh at the thought of the Lord just down right loosing His patience with us for all of our whining and complaining? God proved Himself trustworthy, loving, and all-powerful to the Israelites time and time again. Dear Sister, He has proven Himself to us as well. When we will stop our crying and whining, and let God be God?