I Just Don’t Get It

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Exodus 14-15, Matthew 17


10 As Pharaoh drew closer, the Israelites looked back and saw the Egyptians marching toward them. The Israelites were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Weren’t there enough graves in Egypt that you took us away to die in the desert? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt like this? 12 Didn’t we tell you the same thing in Egypt? ‘Leave us alone! Let us work for the Egyptians!’ It would have been better for us to work for the Egyptians than to die in the desert.”

13 But Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand your ground, and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never ever see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you. You just keep still.”

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to get moving. 16 As for you, lift your shepherd’s rod, stretch out your hand over the sea, and split it in two so that the Israelites can go into the sea on dry ground. 17 But me, I’ll make the Egyptians stubborn so that they will go in after them, and I’ll gain honor at the expense of Pharaoh, all his army, his chariots, and his cavalry. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord, when I gain honor at the expense of Pharaoh, his chariots, and his cavalry” (Exodus 14:10-18, Common English Bible).

Some thirty plus years ago, when I was a sophomore (with enough hours to be a junior) and a student older than average at San Jacinto College, I knew I was approaching the time I would need to transfer to a four-year school. But, being the terrible math student that I was, I thought I would probably be better off to get my math requirement out of the way while I was at San Jac. Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time, little did I know that before I finished my Bachelor’s degree my degree plan would require yet another math class.

I truly don’t think I would have passed College Algebra without my wife serving as my private tutor. I seriously think she has forgotten more math than I have ever known. And, she very patiently worked with me (I don’t know how she did it). Later I saw her patiently tutor some of the kids in the churches I have served as well as our communities (I understood her patience better with them).

I still remember the routine well. Cindy would work through a problem with me. When she finished I would look at her and say, “I just don’t get it.” I have no idea how many times I said that to her. I think she could have told me at one time but perhaps by now, she has forgotten.

I used to save that line, “I just don’t get it” for things like Algebra and Geometry. But since seminary days, I have broken the line out once again. It is probably my favorite line to use when it comes to the Israelites. I just don’t get it.

Were not these people paying attention to what God was doing around them when God won them their freedom? Plagues and riches (obtained from the Egyptians) and freedom, etc. Didn’t they notice? I know this all happened centuries before Paul but perhaps they needed to hear his line, “So what are we going to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31, CEB)

And, when you finish reading the rest chapter 14 you will have no trouble seeing God proving God is for them once again. Perhaps this time they will actually pay attention. No, I’m just kidding. If we know anything about the Israelites it would be, they learned really, really slowly.

But, make no mistake, God was definitely for them. They could see it when they looked back at the Red Sea from the other side when they saw, as the old youth camp song says, “…all of Pharaoh’s army did the dead man’s float.”

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


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