Moses answered, “Don’t be afraid! Stand your ground, and you will see what the Lord will do to save you today; you will never see these Egyptians again. The Lord will fight for you, and there is no need for you to do anything.”” (Exodus 14:13–14, GNB)

We have a picture here of what salvation looks like.  The Israelites are in crisis.  They have finally! left Egypt and thought they were headed for freedom in the Promised Land.  Instead they are at the shores of the Red Sea, water in front of them and the Egyptian Army behind them.  Surely the only wise choice is to surrender to the Egyptians and go back to slavery in Egypt.

This, however, is not God’s plan.  God placed the Israelites in this exact spot at this exact time for a very specific purpose.  He was going to save Israel while destroying the Egyptians.

Here’s the cool thing:  The Israelites had to do nothing.  They were to stand their ground and watch and be a witness to God’s great salvation.  God promised; they obeyed, and they never did see the Egyptians again.

This is a beautiful picture of the ultimate salvation to be found at the foot of the cross.  The forces of darkness and sin are arrayed against us, indeed they rightfully declare us guilty of sin and worthy of destruction.  Jesus Christ absorbs all those forces and all those true accusations for us at the cross and we are saved.  Justice has been done.  Love has won.  We are declared guiltless.  What did we do to bring this about?  Nothing.  Same as the Israelites.

Which reminds me of the hymn “Rock of Ages” by Augustus Toplady..

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