29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.
29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land,
We find that the episode of Israel crossing the Red Sea in Exodus 14:15-31 was a faith issue. Initially Israel cowered by the oncoming Egyptian army as they approached the Red Sea. These refugees complained against Moses for putting them into this place (Ex 14:11-12). Moses knew by faith that God would defeat the Egyptians. It was the leadership of Moses’ faith that delivered the nation. Israelites followed the faith of Moses (Ex 14:31).
Even after passing through the Red Sea Israel believed God would meet His promises to them (Ex 14:13-14). However, the early entrance into the Sinai Peninsula was very different from the subsequent events that followed (Deut 32:20). They wandered for 40 years in the wilderness in unbelief.
whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.
When the Egyptians attempted to cross the Red Sea, they drowned (Ex 15:12). They did not have the faith of Moses.
Some steps of faith are major.
When Israel fled Egypt, they came to the Red Sea. Pharaoh’s army was not far behind. The people complained that Moses had led them into a trap (Ex 14:11). Moses assured them that God would deliver them (Ex 14:13-14); they took his word by faith and passed through the Red Sea. It must have been a scary step of faith with the waters piled up on both sides of their crossing.