You probably have said this a time or two yourself, whether it was in traffic, at the grocery store or to your procrastinating child. This is exactly what YHWH is telling Moses in Exodus 14:15 “And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward”. YHWH is always wanting us to advance towards the ultimate goal of residing in the place he is preparing for us. For the Israelites here he was preparing Canaan while they were looking back in terror at the enemy.
How many times do we see the enemy lurking around and just stop in fear? Or how many times do we look back at our lives and see the messes we have made and slow down so the enemy can catch up to us? YHWH is cheering us on like a good parent does, saying GO – in the direction I have prepared!
The verse prior, 14:14, tells us the important part, “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” We do not have to take on the enemy, he is ALREADY defeated, by the hand of YHWH!
Continuing on with verses 19 & 20….
“And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.”
These sun worshipping Egyptians had to have been terrified of the darkness as it was the 3rd such occurrence and the last one killed all the firstborns.
YHWH is consistently placing a hedge of protection around his people. Also we see the separation of the just and the unjust. “chosek”, a very negative word; it denoted a type of blindness, an evil or obstructing force……a spiritual darkness. But for the Israelites came “owr”, which referred to enlightenment, a positive spiritual force; something, which emitted truth and goodness. This darkness is the same terminology as the creation account and the 9th plague.
Both spiritual darkness and spiritual light are coming from the same source, simultaneously. From this cloud, this angel of God, this almost impossible to explain presence of God, on the one hand comes darkness for the enemy, and on the other hand light for His people. For those who oppose Him, darkness and death; for those who are His own, light and life.
God is preparing a place for you, he is willing to fight for you, are you willing to GO! for All is ready!