This song was inspired from the book of Exodus, chapters 13 and 14. The following paragraph is a short excerpt.
When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and
said, "What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!" So he had his chariot made ready
and took his army with him. As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching
after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in
Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will
see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD
will fight for you; you need only to be still." Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the
LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites
went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
The song begins with sounds of rushing water and thunder, as God drove the sea back for the Israelites to cross on dry
land. Midway through the song (and ending) is a wooden drum stick solo, played on the rims of the timbales (a free
standing drum) painting the imaginary picture of Pharaoh’s army with their chariots and horses in pursuit of the
Israelites. The rhythmic beat throughout the song implies the chase and suspense!
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Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not
lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near;
for God said, "Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they
see war, and return to Egypt." So God led the people around by way of
the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in
orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.
And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had placed the children
of Israel under solemn oath, saying,"God will surely visit you, and you shall
carry up my bones from here with you."
So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of
the wilderness. And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to
lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by
day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar
of fire by night from before the people.
Exodus 14:1-31....The Red Sea Crossing
Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak to the children of Israel, that
they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite
Baal Zephon; you shall camp before it by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the
children of Israel,'They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed
them in.' Then I will harden Pharaoh's heart, so that he will pursue them; and
I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians
may know that I am the LORD." And they did so.
Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of
Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, "Why
have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?" So he made
ready his chariot and took his people with him. Also, he took six hundred
choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of
them. And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he
pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with
boldness. So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of
Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea
beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon.
And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and
behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the
children of Israel cried out to the LORD. Then they said to Moses, "Because
there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the
wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is
this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, 'Let us alone that we may
serve the Egyptians'? For it would have been better for us to serve the
Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness."
And Moses said to the people,"Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the
salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the
Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The
LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace."
And the LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of
Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the
sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the
midst of the sea. And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and
they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his
army, his chariots, and his horsemen. Then the Egyptians shall know that I
am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh,
his chariots, and his horsemen."
And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went
behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind
them. So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel.
Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the
other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the
sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry
land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the
midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on
their right hand and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued and went after
them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses,
his chariots, and his horsemen.
Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down
upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He
troubled the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, so
that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from
the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians."
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the
waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their
horsemen." And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the
morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were
fleeing into it. So the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the
army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of
them remained. But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst
of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their
right hand and on their left.
So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and
Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Thus Israel saw the great work
which the LORD had done in Egypt; so the people feared the LORD, and
believed the LORD and His servant Moses.
"Exodus" now playing!
©Rhythm On The Rock Productions
Music written and composed by
Paul and Christopher W. French
Paul began playing
percussion at 8 years old.
Standing on wooden boxes
and crates to reach his
conga's and drums, Paul
studied hard and used his
talents for the Lord. He
performed in countless
worship services and
programs throughout his 8
years of learning experience
under the guidance and
direction of Robby Robinson,
keyboard player and band
director for Frankie Valli and
the Four Seasons.
The children of Israel walked on
dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters
were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
From the Album
"Journey To Bethlehem"