Exodus 14 (paraphrased)
The Lord told Moses to have the Israelites camp out by the sea. Pharoah will think they’re wandering around in confusion, hemmed in by the desert. God said, “I will harden Pharoah’s heart, and he will pursue them.” What do you think this means? He forced Pharoah’s heart to be hardened? Anyway, when the king of Egypt realized the people had fled, he changed his mind and wanted them back under his thumb.
Pharoah took 600 chariots along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. All Pharoah’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops overtook the Israelites as they camped by the sea. When the Israelites saw the Egyptians approaching, they were terrified and cried out to the Lord.
They accused Moses of tricking them and bringing them to the desert to die. They claimed to be better off where they were, serving the Egyptians than to die in the desert. Moses told them to not be afraid, stand firm and the Lord would fight for them. Then God asked Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”
He told Moses to raise his staff and stretch out his hand over the sea to divide the water so the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. How freakin’ cool would it be to have seen that?! God said he’d harden the hearts of the Egyptians so they’d follow in after them. Then the angel of God, who’d been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night, the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long. So cool!! I don’t think I knew this.
Moses did as God asked and the sea was divided, the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on the left and right. The Egyptians pursued. During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”
Then God instructed Moses to stretch his hand over the sea so that the waters would flow over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen. So he did and at daybreak the sea went back into place. Not one of those Egyptians survived. When the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared him and put their trust in him and in Moses, his servant.