And the LORD said to Moses, Why cry you to me? speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward:
Self-help is one of the popular topics of the day, and seems to be commended in the passage which contains the text. Help thyself, and Heaven will help thee, is a proverb which, both in its French and its English form, is widely current; and wisely current, if we understand the Divine principle on which it rests. Read in the light of Scripture, it does not run, Venture, and the Almighty hand will meet thee, the help will come; but rather, Venture, for the Everlasting Arms are around thee, the help is here. Thus read, it is an all-mastering truth. But what is the principle here, the essential principle of the progress? Is it, March, and I will meet you; or March, for I have led you; I, not you, am responsible for these straits; you are here because through them lies the path to victory and glory. Therefore "cry not unto Me"; your being here is My answer to your cry. "Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward."
I. THEIR STANDING THERE AT ALL WAS A MIRACLE OF ALMIGHTY POWER AND LOVE. By a series of the most tremendous miracles recorded in history, God's hand had led them out to that mountain gorge, and shut them in between the moaning sea and their raging foes. Pharaoh drew near, but God was even visibly more near. A great army was gathering behind them; but the angel of God's presence was visibly in the midst of them. They distrusted and despised Emmanuel — God with them, a visible glory over their host.
II. They ought to have accepted God's guidance thither as THE ABSOLUTE ASSURANCE THAT THEIR WAY ON LAY CLEAR BEFORE HIS EYES, and that all the difficulties which beset it were under the firm control of His hand.
(J. B. Brown, B. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: