And Moses said to the people, Fear you not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you to day…
I. These words which to fleshly Israel must have seemed so strange, and which to weak faith echo so strangely still, contain two parts, A DUTY AND A BLESSING. They were to "stand still," and so should they see the salvation of God. And this condition of blessing runs continually through the whole history of the Jewish and Christian Church. When God has tried His chosen servants or His chosen people, the most frequent trial perhaps has been this, whether they would tarry the Lord's leisure, be content to receive God's gift in God's way, hasten not, turn not to the right hand or the left, but "stand still" and see the salvation of God. By patient (the word implies suffering) waiting for God, an unresisting resistance unto blood, did the Church take root in the whole world.
II. It is for instruction only that we may ask WHY GOD SHOULD SO HAVE ANNEXED THE BLESSING OF CONQUEST TO ENDURING SUFFERING, AND MADE PATIENCE MIGHTIER THAN WHAT MEN CALL ACTIVE VIRTUES.
1. It may be that it has some mysterious connection with the sufferings of Christ. Vicarious suffering may be so far well-pleasing to God as having a communion with the sufferings of His beloved Son, and doubtless it may make those who are partakers of it more capable of the communication of the merits and influence of His passion.
2. Then, also, it may be needful, in the wisdom of God, for the perfecting of His saints. As all trial implies pain, so the trial of the most precious vessels, it may be, is to be accompanied by pains proportionate.
3. It is evident, that so God's power and glory are most shown in averting suffering, or in crowning the enduring faith by His blessing.
4. Since man's self-will was the cause of his fall, God would thus teach him to renounce dependence upon himself, to quit his own wisdom and his own schemes, and do God's will.
(E. B. Pusey, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
WEB: Moses said to the people, "Don't be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of Yahweh, which he will work for you today: for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall never see them again.