In Exodus 14:17-18, God said he would “be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen.” As God used Jacob’s sons, who mistreated Joseph, to save the family from famine and preserve the Jewish people, so He turns Pharaoh’s resistance into a situation that serves His purpose. Volunteering isn’t a requirement for being used by God for His glory.
I like the result in Exodus 14:31. “When Israel saw the great power which the LORD had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in His servant Moses.” They saw, feared, and believed.
Not only that, but Moses and the people sang a song to the LORD. Although the music may have changed in the millennia since then, the song is still sung today. “The Lord’s my God, my strength, my song. Now He is my victory!”
The people in the time of Moses and other prophets saw supernatural wonders, or signs, which the people of Jesus’ day longed to see. Jesus responds, in Matthew 12:38-42, that the people of Nineveh “repented at the preaching of Jonah” and “the Queen of the South came to hear the wisdom of Solomon”—neither of which are miracles per se—yet that “someone greater” than Jonah and Solomon is among them. The significant thing about signs—I just noticed that the word “sign” appears in “significant”—is that the sole purpose of the sign is to point toward something beyond the sign. I sure don’t want to miss it.
From readings for
Exodus 13-15, Psalms 28, Matthew 12:22-37, Acts 17:16-34
Exodus 16-18, Psalms 29, Matthew 12:38-50, Acts 18:1-17