Hidden things . . .
“It is the glory of God to conceal things, and the glory of kings to search
them out.” Proverbs 25:2
He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him. Daniel 2:22
Things hidden belong to Yahweh our God, but things revealed are ours and our children’s forever, so that we can put all the words of this Law into practice.’ Deuteronomy 29:28
As we take a look at the passages in Exodus 13:17 – 17:16, let’s examine one aspect of the account of the crossing of the Yam Suph ( Red or Reed Sea ) and the destruction of the Egyptian military. Now try to envision this in your mind’s eye – the entire Israeli horde ( more than a million strong and all their livestock ) situated on Nuwevi Beach on the Egyptian side of the Sea, the sea in front of them, the Egyptian army behind them and straight-up rock faces on both sides. Talk about being between a ‘rock and a hard place’ . . . no place to go but up . . . or so they thought. And then God says to Moses ( this is our amplified version ), “ what are you waiting for . . . go on.” I wonder if Moses was thinking ‘go on where ?’ Then Abba instructs him to stretch out his hand and the waters part revealing a path through the waters. You think Father God knew that path was there? All HE had to do was dry it out for them ? Obviously the answer is ‘Yes’. But let’s take a look at the name of the place.
The Scriptures tell us the name of the place before them was ‘Baal-Zephon’, ‘baal’ ( which is NOT a bad word ) meaning ‘lord or master’ and ‘zephon’ being translated ‘north’ or having to do with ‘winter’. Curiously, if you study out the word ‘zephon’ it comes from a root, according to the Strong’s, carrying the concept of ‘that which is hidden’. What was hidden ? According to archealogists today, there is a land bridge at the very spot of the crossing. At either side of that land bridge the depth of the water extends to over a mile, while at the place of the crossing the depth is 400 feet or less. I wonder Who put it there ? Who is the Lord of that which is hidden ? Hopefully we all know the answer to that question. According to the passages at the beginning of this little ditty, it is El Shaddai, Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
You notice He did not take His people through the land of the Philistines ( Gaza, Asdod, Ashkelon and Ekron – which is still the land of the philistines today ) because He knew there would be a fight, so He took them to a place where HE had everything prepared, ‘hidden in plain sight’ if you will, where HE would fight for them.
God fights for His people still today. Yet we have our part to play. Had the people not obeyed and walked not according to His directions, they would have wound up in the wrong place at the appointed time . . . not good . . .
Obedience has always been key. Even more so in the last days.
Malachi 4:4 “Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.
5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.
6 “And he will restore the hearts of the fathers ( Abraham, Isaac & Jacob ) to their children ( us ) , and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.”