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Fundamentals of Dispensational Truth.
Israel's Passage through the Red Sea (Exod. 14:).
pp. 1 - 4
"Sing ye to the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath He
thrown into the sea" (Exod. 15: 1).
The various references to Israel's passage through the Red Sea show that it is an
experience which was necessary for Israel, as a parallel may be found in the experience
of the believer, and in the future restoration of Israel. An appreciation of its place and
meaning will give encouragement to the downcast, stimulus to the one who is seeking the
crown or the prize, and en explanation of some of the baffling providences which make
up the purpose of the ages.
As we shall see in our next paper on the Revelation, the Beast, the False Prophet, and
Satan must be removed before the millennial kingdom can be set up: so Israel must see
Pharaoh and his host dead on the sea shore before the kingdom can be inherited. This is
emphasized in the prophecy of Israel's restoration recorded in Isa. 51: 9, 10:--
"Awake, awake, put on Thy strength, O arm of the Lord, awake as in the ancient days,
in the generations of old. Art Thou not it that hath cut Rahab and wounded the dragon?
Art Thou not it which hath dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made
the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?"
There is another interesting reference in Isa. 11: Here again the theme is that of
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand a second
time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from
Egypt . . . . . and the Lord shall utterly destroy the gulf of Egyptian sea: and shall shake
His hand against the river (Euphrates) in the full force of His spirit, and shall smite it in
the seven streams for a remnant of His people, who shall be left, out of Assyria: LIKE
AS IT WAS TO ISRAEL IN THE DAY THAT HE CAME OUT OF THE LAND OF
EGYPT" (Isa. 11: 11-16).
When the ransomed Israelites stood upon the sea shore and realized the deliverance
that had been accomplished, together with the tragic overthrow of their enemies, they
took up a song of triumphant thanksgiving. After speaking of the way the Lord had
"triumphed gloriously" they continued:--
"The Lord is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation" (Exod. 15: 2).
This is exactly what follows the parallel of Exod. 14: already quoted above. After
speaking of the turning away of the Lord's anger, Israel will continue:--
"The Lord Jehovah is my strength and song: He also is become my salvation" (Isa. 12: 2).