IN THE CLOUD AND IN THE SEA
Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea (1 Corinthians 10:1-2).
As they began to leave Egypt, the Israelites found themselves trapped between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptian army. Once again, Pharaoh hardened his heart and prepared to wipe out the children of Israel and take the remainder as slaves. As he stood there, looking at the Red Sea and the advancing army, Moses wasn’t afraid. He had been in the presence of the only One who he could ever fear again. He had been in the presence of Almighty God. How could he possibly be afraid of man or what man could do to him? In Exodus 14:13, Moses told the Israelites, “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord….” Moses stretched out his rod and an incredible miracle occurred. The Red Sea opened, and the Israelites walked through on dry ground. When Pharaoh and his army tried to follow them, they all drowned.
As Paul describes the events of that fateful day, he says the Israelites were all baptized in the Red Sea. Like the children of Israel, born-again Christians are baptized as we leave Egypt. As we leave our old lives behind, we experience a death to the life of Egypt, the land of the natural. I no longer live in the land of the flesh and the pleasures of man. I have come out of Egypt. Instead, I have my eyes on the unseen friend that Moses saw on the day that the Red Sea opened. I am following after Him. I too have been baptized. My life has been buried in Christ and I have taken up a new life. I have found my joy now in the presence of God.
Once on the other side of the Red Sea, the Israelites were led through the wilderness by the cloud with the fire in it. Paul says that they were baptized in the water and in the cloud. Have you been baptized in the cloud? Have you been baptized with the Holy Ghost and with the power of God from on high? As you are immersed in that awesome cloud, the Lord will lead you through the challenges of this life. His power and His presence will give you wisdom, direction, and strength. Everywhere that Moses went, he saw the handiwork of the invisible God. He saw Him in the cloud and in the fire. Just like Moses, every day you and I can see the hand of our unseen Friend. Every day of my life, Jesus is there, baptizing me with the Holy Ghost. Every moment of the day, His presence is pouring into me. His glory cloud comes upon me; the fire begins to burn in my heart, and I am filled with His passion again. Have you seen this unseen Friend? Or are you wandering in the wilderness by yourself, depending upon your own strength and your own abilities?