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Neck Deep

4April2012

For thousands of years the faithful have been telling the story of God’s mighty work to save the people of Israel.  The story isn’t complete without the miracle of the dry sea crossing.  The Exodus story is the precursor to Christ and the story that is lived out in the coming days.  But there is a telling piece of the story that we gloss over.

Exodus 14:22 says, “The Israelites came into the sea on dry ground…”  Later, in verse 29 the word says, “But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea…”  Do you see the difference?   One claims that the Israelites got wet before the dry land appeared.  Midrash has taught that there were two different groups of Israelites that stood before the sea.  The first group was willing to wade out into the water in complete trust and faith that God would act to save the people.  The second group waited to see how God would act and then responded by walking through.  In fact, some have argued that Psalm 69 was written with this in mind.  The psalm begins, “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.”

It seems to me that there are a lot of churches and people who are “walking on dry ground through the sea.”  We wait to see God in action before we jump on board with His activity.  It is more difficult to find congregations that are willing to wade out into the deep waters of what God is doing.  It is tougher to find people who trust that God enough to risk drowning in the deep.

In what areas of your life are you waiting for dry ground to appear before moving forward?  How might you risk getting neck deep where God is calling you?  As we stand on the cusp of the Three Days, how will you trust, with action, that God is in the deep waiting for you?

SMN@CCD

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