In the last Bible story God finally gave Pharaoh what for so bad that he let the Israelites go. But my person says Pharaoh still hadn’t had enough and the Israelites would be seeing him again.
Oh yeah, the Israelites were going to throw all their dog treats at Pharaoh. Well, I hope they save a few dog treats for me.
I’ll listen, person. Can’t I have a little fun first?
When the Israelites finally got to leave Egypt, God led them to the desert with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire to give them light at night. God took them the long way around because he didn’t want them to get in a fight with the Philistines and get discouraged.
I should have gone along. I would have whooped those Philistines.
Yes, I’m listening.
God told the Israelites to camp by the sea so Pharaoh would think they were wandering in confusion because they were hemmed in by the desert. And then God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.
And Pharaoh changed his mind when he realized that by letting the Israelites go he’d lost their services. So he took all his chariots and the army and went after them.
I hope the Israelites have those dog treats ready to throw.
Okay, I’ll listen. I promise.
The Israelites were terrified when they saw the Egyptians. They complained to Moses that they would have been better off staying in Egypt than dying in the desert.
Moses told the people not to be afraid and to stand firm because God would deliver them. The angel of the Lord who had been traveling in front of Israel went behind them – between them and the Egyptians – and so did the pillar of cloud.
The Lord told Moses to raise his staff and stretch out his hand over the sea, and when he did that the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind. The Israelites went through the sea on dry ground with a wall of water on each side of them.
Woo woo! That means they get to keep their dog treats. And they won’t even get soggy.
I am too listening.
The Egyptians followed the Israelites through the sea…
Oops! I take that back about the dog treats.
But when the Israelites were across, the Lord told Moses to stretch out his hand again so the water would flow back over the Egyptians, their chariots, and their horsemen.
So the Israelites made it across, and the Egyptians went swimming but didn’t make it out alive.
And I got the dog treats.
Hey person, these dog treats aren’t very good. They taste like flat bread. Can you go to the pet store and get me some better ones?