And the LORD said to Moses, Why cry you to me? speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward:
I. THE DUTY OF THOSE WHO ARE LEADERS AMONG THEIR BRETHREN IN TIMES OF TRIAL.
1. There is a time for action as well as prayer: "Wherefore criest thou unto me?"
(1) The time of the leader must not be spent in prayer only - there are arrangements to make and needs to meet. In times of difficulty God asks for obedience. A path of love, of forgiveness of injuries, of some service, lies right before us as our duty in that hour. True faith will walk in it. This too is an appeal to our Father as well as prayer.
(2) Unbelief may hide itself behind a form of devotion.
2. To speak to them that they go forward.
3. To do what God bids them in opening up their brethren's way. "Lift thou up thy rod." The lifting up of the rod seemed a vain thing, but it clove a path for Israel through the heart of the sea. Our service for our brethren in the day of their trouble may cleave a way for them. A people's progress may be hindered by a leader's indolence and selfishness.
II. GOD'S UNCEASING WORKING ON HIS PEOPLE'S BEHALF (vers. 17, 18).
1. His mercy was veiled, but he was working still. The very pursuit of the foe was from him.
2. Egypt had still to receive one crowning lesson regarding Jehovah's might and unfailing guardianship of his people. When foes pursue, when sins rise up to recover their former sway, it is that God may destroy the one and judge the other. - U.
Parallel VersesKJV: And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: