“But Pharaoh will not heed you, so that I may lay My hand on Egypt and bring My armies and My people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.” (Exodus 7:4)
As I have previously mentioned, the people of Israel are referred to, on multiple occasions, as being God’s hosts or, better, “armies.” And as I have also mentioned before, an army exists to not only defend one’s homeland but also to take territory from their adversary. There is still another aspect of this that merits mention and that is, if Israel is described as being an army, then it is likely that they left Egypt in the manner of an army.
In other words, contrary to what we or Cecil B. DeMille might have imagined, Israel left Egypt as an organized group and in orderly fashion as opposed to a roving mob fleeing for their life. As a matter of fact, the Bible later describes this scene saying, “the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt” (Exodus 13:18). Most likely, they departed Egypt in a column according to their different tribes much like a regiment and all of its battalions would march from one duty station bound for the next.
The point that we can glean from this is that, when our Father does anything, it is not chaotic and disorganized. He is a God of order who works with a steady hand to demonstrate His power and sovereignty. So then, it should be that we, as His people, strive to emulate that attribute. We should move with purpose and a plan — His plan — and should carry it out without a sense of panic. We are the LORD’s army and He is the greatest of Generals. Let’s remember that as we navigate these perilous and chaotic days in which we live.
Blessings and Shalom,