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Daily Devotional Prayer

Daily Devotion for February 26, 2021


<i>The Crossing of the Red Sea</i>, Sistine Chapel, attributed to Biagio d’Antonio, ca. 1481.
The Crossing of the Red Sea, Sistine Chapel, attributed to Biagio d’Antonio, ca. 1481.
Although Pharaoh’s army looks distinctly like 15th-century Florentine cavalry, the panic and pain of getting “drownded” is captured dramatically. (See Full-size.)

Prayers

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Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

Puritan Prayer to be Free of Carnal Sin

O  ever watchful Shepherd, lead, guide, and tend me this day; without Your restraining rod I err and stray. Hedge up my path lest I wander into unwholesome pleasure, and drink its poisonous streams; direct my feet that I be not entangled in Satan's secret snares, nor fall into his hidden traps.

Defend me from assailing foes, from evil circumstances, from myself. My adversaries are part and parcel of my own nature; they cling to me as my very skin; I cannot escape their contact. In my rising up and sitting down they cause me pain; they entice with constant baits; my enemy is within the citadel. Come with almighty power and cast him out, pierce him to death, and abolish in me every particle of carnal life this day.

Amen.

For Refuge

Oh God, who has been the refuge of my fathers through many generations, be my refuge today in every time and circumstance of need. Be my guide through all that is dark and doubtful. Be my guard against all that threatens my spirit’s welfare. Be my strength in time of testing. Gladden my heart with your peace; through Jesus Christ my Lord.

Amen.

Meditation

Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

~ Romans 12:2


Doxology

And now let me go forth praising you, O Lord, with all my heart, telling of all your wonders, with my words and in my actions. I will be glad and rejoice in you this day. I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Amen.

Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.


The lyrics of this wonderful South African gospel song are “We are marching in the light of God,” repeated over and over.



Scripture

Psalm 32:1-6 (The Message)

Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be —
you get a fresh start,
your slate’s wiped clean.

Count yourself lucky —
God holds nothing against you
and you’re holding nothing back from him.

When I kept it all inside,
my bones turned to powder,
my words became daylong groans.

The pressure never let up;
all the juices of my life dried up.

Then I let it all out;
I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.”

Suddenly the pressure was gone —
my guilt dissolved,
my sin disappeared.

These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray;
when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts
we’ll be on high ground, untouched.


Blue Latin Cross

Exodus 14: 22-31 (KJV)

The Parting of the Red Sea [2]
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nd the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, and took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord fighteth for them against the Egyptians.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses.

Exodus Map - Hammond   Exodus Map 2


Notes on the Scripture

There is not much to say about this wonderful story, as what happened is clear from the face of the text. Moses raised his staff, God parted the sea, and the Hebrews — having packed up their camp, and so with all of their baggage and animals — traveled safely to the opposite shore. They walked on dry land, bravely, as the sea formed walls of water on either side of them.

When the Egyptians tried to pursue, the wheels of their chariots got stuck and came off. The Egyptians lost their nerve and tried to reverse course: but before they could get back, morning arrived, the Hebrews were by then safely across, and God pulled the plug on the walls of water. Thus, Pharaoh’s army — in the words of a great old Gospel song — “got drownded.”

There has been a huge amount of scholarship over the past hundred years, attempting to show how this might have happened naturally, but if you see this kind of speculation and think about it for a minute, you will see that it is utter nonsense. If someone doesn’t trust the account in Exodus — if Exodus is wrong, a fable, a fiction — why do they think the Hebrews were ever in Egypt in the first place? There is no other record of it. If you do trust Exodus, on the other hand, no natural phenomenon can possibly explain what happened.

The one point at which the Old Testament may not agree with modern usage is that the Hebrews might have crossed a body of water no longer called the “Red Sea.” But the border between Sinai and Egypt is littered with deep bodies of water (just look at the Hammond Map, linked above); these may have connected to the Red Sea over 3,000 years ago, or they may have been known as the Red Sea collectively.

The Bible, for example, talks about Paul sailing out of the harbor at Ephesus — but Ephesus is five miles inland! (I was recently there, which is why this one comes to mind.) Is the Bible wrong? No — 2000 years ago, Ephesus was a port. The geography has changed. Both geography (and especially shoreline and shallow sea geography) and nomenclature have changed. The “Red Sea” that Moses crossed @ 3500 years ago might not even exist today.



Daily Inspiration

“The Day You Find Out Why”


Moses in Exodus, Hebrews crossing the Red Sea
Old illustration from a children’s Bible.

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Today in Daily Prayer


Memory Verse

Matthew 10:37: He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me . . . . And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.



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