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The reference already made to Rev. 15: will confirm the thought that the passage of
the Red Sea was the first great act of overcoming faith on the part of Israel. Heb. 11:
says, "By faith he (Moses) kept the Passover" (Heb. 11: 28). "By faith they (Israel)
passed through the Red Sea as by dry land" (Heb. 11: 29).
There is a significant addition in the verse concerning the Egyptians. Israel did not
merely venture to cross the bed of the sea. The Egyptians did so also. The outward act
was the same, but there the semblance ceased, for Israel's act was by faith, the record of
Heb. 11: 29 being:--
"Which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned."
In some way, not fully understood by us, this passage through the Red Sea united the
people together with Moses as one:--
"All our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all
baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea" (I Cor. 10: 1, 2).
Coming back to Exod. 14: we observe that the salvation of the Lord, which Israel
were to see that day, included not only their own deliverance, but the destruction of their
enemy. Salvation in one sense is an accomplished fact; we are redeemed by the blood of
Christ. Salvation in another sense is future; we are sealed unto the day of redemption.
This future aspect of salvation involves the destruction of the power of death, and him
who held the power, i.e., the devil. The Beast, the False Prophet, and the Dragon must be
overcome before the saved possess the kingdom.
The Red Sea experience lies ahead of every dispensational division of God's purpose,
whether of church or kingdom.
"Thanks be to God, that giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ"
(I Cor. 15: 57).