Exodus 14: Crossing the Red Sea

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 47–48

One of the blessings of having trials in life is that trials often prompt us to turn to the Lord for help (see Ether 12:27). When we receive the Lord’s power and help, our faith and confidence to trust Him in future trials increase. We must remember that in most instances, divine help comes only after we exercise faith by first doing all we can (see Ether 12:6). When help does come, it generally comes in a manner that helps us see the hand of the Lord.In Exodus 13:17–18, the Lord told Moses which direction to lead the children of Israel on their way to the promised land. He said He would not lead the Israelites in the straightest and most direct course because they did not yet have enough faith to face the Philistines, who would seek to prevent them from entering the land. We can find comfort knowing that the Lord will not give us challenges greater than we can handle (see 1 Nephi 3:7). He will, however, allow us to experience challenges He knows we can overcome in order to build our faith and confidence. Exodus 14 tells about one such challenge. After their faith was tested, the Israelites experienced a miracle that once again demonstrated the power of God as He helped them overcome what seemed to be an impossible circumstance.
Moses parting Red Sea

Understanding the Scriptures

Exodus 14

Entangled (v. 3)Confused, lost 
I will be honoured upon Pharaoh (vv. 4, 17–18)The Lord is saying that people will be more likely to honor Him as God because of what He will do to Pharaoh and the Egyptian army. 
Host (v. 4)Army 
With an high hand (v. 8)Defiant 
Thus (v. 11)In this way 
Hold your peace (v. 14)To be silent 
To them (v. 20)The Egyptians 
To these (v. 20)The Israelites 
The morning watch (v. 24)From 2:00 A.M. until sunrise 
Drave them heavily (v. 25)Drove with difficulty 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Exodus 14.

Activity A iconGive Some Advice

Use specific ideas and phrases from Exodus 14 to write a letter of advice to someone who recently converted to the Church or has become active who is having a difficult time with former friends and ways and seems to be drifting back to them.

Activity B iconMake a Match

The Time of Moses


Leaving Egypt


Traveling through the wilderness

Forsaking the ways of the world

Passing through the Red Sea

Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost

A pillar of cloud and fire to watch over, guide, and protect the Israelites

Living in a world where things that promote spirituality are hard to find

Match items in the first column to items in the second column and explain how they are related. If you need some help, read 1 Corinthians 10:1–4. You may want to write the reference 1 Corinthians 10:1–4 in the margin next to the beginning of Exodus 14.