“The LORD will fight for you, and you must be quiet.” Exodus 14:14
Summarize Exodus 13-14 to your family. Be sure to highlight that Pharaoh let the Israelites go, but then God hardened his heart to show His own glory. Including that according to the Israelites, there was no way out and they were trapped. But of course, in the end, God made a way by parting the Red Sea.
We know that God is powerful and just, and that means we can take refuge in him.
What does it mean to take refuge in something?
A refuge is a place of shelter or protection. When you get scared, you go to your parents because they protect you. God is a refuge for his people.
How did the Israelites take refuge in God?
The Israelites took refuge in God by going to Him when they were scared. After the Egyptians started following the Israelites, they were terrified. They were probably thinking that Pharaoh would recapture them as slaves or kill them! The Israelites panicked and started to complain to Moses. Moses however, had confidence in God. He knew that God would protect them. Moses told the people to stop complaining and remember that God was on their side.
God did fight for them: God put a cloud in between the Egyptians and Israelites in order to make it hard for the Egyptians to get close to them. Then God gave Moses the ability to part the Red Sea! Moses struck his staff into the ground, and the water split into two, causing the Israelites to walk on dry land through the sea. But God didn’t stop here. God made sure that every Israelite made it across and no Egyptians could get to them, instead they were swept away in the water once God’s people crossed to the other side. God protected each and every one of his people. The Israelites saw that God was a refuge for them.
Why should we take refuge in the LORD?
We should take refuge in the Lord because He is on our side. God is just and fair and will always do the right thing. God made a way for the Israelites, because they were His chosen people, not because they were rock stars and famous people. God chooses us because He is good and merciful. That’s why God has also made a way for you and me. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. God delivers us from our slavery to sin, like he delivered the Israelites from slavery to Egypt. We must learn to remember that God is on our side and that we can always go to him for refuge.
Lead your family in a prayer that thanks God for sending Jesus to be our refuge.
Help your children memorize the big picture question and memory verse:
Is there anything God cannot do? God can do all things according to His character.
“I have been the Lord your God ever since the land of Egypt; you know no God but Me, and no Savior exists besides Me.” Hosea 13:4