Go Forward – Fast 2016 – Day 17

Day 17 – One Riot – One Ranger – Exodus 14:19-20

19 And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them.

20 So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.


The Israelites had one problem with “go forward,” there was nowhere to go. But there was God’s specific instructions on what to do and how to proceed (we will talk more about that tomorrow). For today focus on the two verses above. The fire/cloud came and rested all the way to the ground making a barrier between Israel and the Egyptian army, no one could go anywhere. Towards the Egyptians nothing but darkness (maybe that reminded them of the darkness plague). But toward the Israelites there was a comforting warm glow of fire.

There was something different about the fire/cloud mentioned in verse 19 it was accompanied by an Angel from God. Divine protection came along with the fire/cloud not just warmth and guidance.

There is a story about a small town in the Old West which was experiencing an oncoming riot being stirred up by a band of outlaws. The sheriff of that small Texas town knew that he and his deputies could not handle this problem. So he sent a telegram to the Texas Rangers explaining the problem and asking for help. The response came back to him quickly, help was on its way and would be there in two days on the train. Anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Rangers he went to the train station to wait. The train finally arrived and from out of the smoke and steam from that locomotive stepped one Texas Ranger. The sheriff ran to him and asked if there were to be more Rangers to come. The Ranger replied simply, “One riot, One Ranger.”

In theological circles they sometimes debate things like, “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” here in this portion of our passage the question is, “How many angels does it take to stop the entire Egyptian army with all of their horses and chariots?” the answer is simple, “One army, one angel!”

Allow yourself time today to remember the accounts in the Bible of the mighty working of God. No matter what the odds are there is more power in one angel from God than there is in a massive attack. Allow me a cheesy ending slightly changing a line from the cartoon character Underdog, “Never Fear, Jesus is here!”


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