Moses and the Israelites fled from Pharaoh and his army into the dry land of what was, hours before, the Red Sea. The Egyptians pursued them into the sea with all their horses, chariots, and army.
At this point, it looked like they would catch Moses. It looked bad. This would be the time for the Israelites to hold onto their faith that God would deliver them. It was very tempting at this point to fall into fear, rather than stand in faith.
But the Lord looked down and threw the Egyptians into a panic. He took off their chariot wheels, so that they moved with great difficulty. (Imagine driving a car with no tires.)
At this point, the Egyptians realized, “The Lord is fighting for the Israelites against us! Let us flee from them!”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters will come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.”
We know what happened. The waters covered the Egyptians and they were killed.
God could have just flooded them in mid stride, without taking off the chariot wheels first, but I believe He wanted them to understand that they were stuck. The chariots that they had trusted in were not strong enough to fight against God’s will.
If God had merely flooded them, they would not have had the opportunity to repent; they would have been merely washed away. God gave the Egyptians a small window of time to see what they did was wrong.
The Lord took off their chariot Wheels so they had time to think about what they were doing and to see that it was against His will.
2 thoughts on “God took off the chariot wheels. Why?”
You changed the look of your blog! I like it!
Yes it is hard to know whether or not we are in God’s will, but it is better to be obedient than it is to sacrifice! 🙂
Hi Courtney. Yes, my blog was changed–a long story. I didn’t really want to change it, but my old format was not supported anymore. This new format was supposed to be similar, but it’s not. Also, I keep trying to load my “picture” to the top banner, but I have been unsuccessful. As you know, we just moved to a new house, and I haven’t had much free time to mess around with the blog to improve how it looks. I barely get enough time to blog.
Have a good weekend~
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