EXODUS 14:22-28 — And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24 And in the morning watch the LORD in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptian forces into a panic, 25 clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily.
And the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from before Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.” 26 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared. And as the Egyptians fled into it, the LORD threw the Egyptians into the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained.
In light of what was laid-out in Monday’s post (‘Things Fall Down…’), especially with regard to tar (‘bitumen’) I’m stunned to learn of this event, which took place late Tuesday night, just as America’s biggest travel day was getting underway.
A flood of gooey black muck dropped from a tanker truck disabled about 150 cars and damaged an unknown number of other vehicles along a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania* Turnpike, officials said on Wednesday. A leaking valve on a tanker spread driveway sealant over the eastbound lanes of the turnpike between New Castle and the Oakmont Service Plaza on Tuesday night. Some State Police and turnpike maintenance vehicles had to be towed away after getting stuck in the tarlike substance, according to the turnpike operations center.
The Wall Street Journal (subscription access only) adds:
Laura Frick told WTAE-TV she was traveling from Cleveland to New Jersey for the holiday. “Now we have to turn around and go back home,” Ms. Frick said. “It’s horrible.” Retired firefighter Bob King told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the experience was harrowing. “It caught us off guard,” said Mr. King, who lives near Chicago. “It didn’t seem like anyone knew what it was or what to do. It had to be an incredible amount of tar. It’s still piled on my tires.”
My take-away: A separation is underway. God’s people are being called out from the land of death and, even more importantly, called to trust His guidance totally just as things appear to be at their bleakest. That which was used by Babylon to hold things together (‘bitumen’ = petroleum tar) will ultimately be the downfall of the world of death. Those forces, in hot pursuit of God’s people, will be surprised, thrown into a panic, and consumed as the proverbial waters of the sea (markets) rush back in and over them.