St. Savin - March of the Children of Israel toward the Promised Land, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source: Images donated by Anne Richardson Womack, Vanderbilt University, and James T. Womack, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tenn.
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Rescue at the Sea
Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29 Commentary
by Cory Driver
The long walk to freedom, to paraphrase Nelson Mandela, is frequently difficult and almost always confusing.
The redemption of the Israelites from Egypt may seem straightforward as we read it, but the human experience as presented in the narrative was deeply confusing. Considering the experience of the Israelites helps provide solace and empathy for so many of us on our own messy and confusing journeys.
As the Israelites camped by the sea (Exodus 14:2), they had not just been freed from slavery, but God had disposed the Egyptians to pay reparations for the Israelites’ forced labor (Exodus 11:2-3, 12:35-36). The Israelites had both freedom and wealth and were on their way to the promised land. Imagine their shock and bitter disappointment when they “lifted up their eyes and behold: the Egyptians were marching after them!” (Exodus 14:10). From freedom to a near-certain death was a tragic reversal. It is no wonder that the Israelites cried out to God in fear (Exodus 14:10). The King of Egypt had reversed his previous decision about letting the Israelites go once he received the ...
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Narrative Lectionary 327: Rescue at the Sea
September 30, 2018
Podcast on Exodus 14:5-7,10-14,21-29, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Sept. 30, 2018 (Rescue at the Sea) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.