The crossing of the Red Sea is used throughout Scripture as a picture of what it means to become a follower of Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 10:2 – ‘They were all baptised into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.’
1. Behind them was a place of slavery
v5 – ‘We have lost their services’(!)
Jn 8:34, “Everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.”
“Sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace” (Rom. 6:14)
In baptism we reject the devil; we renounce evil; we repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour
2. Beneath them was a path to safety
They were stuck!
v14 – “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still”
v22 – ‘The Israelites went through the sea on dry ground.’
Jn 5:24 – “Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life…he has crossed over from death to life.”
“I try to be.” Grace
‘In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light. To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him.’
3. Before them was the promise of a new life
v31 – ‘And when the Israelites saw the great power of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.’
v32 – ‘…and they all lived happily ever after’??? No: ‘through many dangers, toils and snares’.
1 Cor 10:13 ‘God is faithful; he will not let you be tested beyond what you can bear. But when you are tested, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.’
‘Fight valiantly against sin, the world and the devil, and remain faithful to Christ to the end of your life.’