Misjudging someone’s motives 

Old Testament: Exo 14.10–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 13–15 on January 27, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

Israel successfully escaped Egypt, but as they traveled they came to the edge of the Red Sea, and as they looked back, they discovered that the army of Egypt had caught up to them and was poised to attack. The children of Israel feared greatly: 

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.”

– Exodus 14.10–12 

They got in a situation where they could not see a way out, and forgetting the great things that God had done to display his power in Egypt, they cried out in fear to Moses, believing that they were about to perish. 

The children of Israel actually believed that Moses had set this all up so that they would die in the wilderness. Amazingly, they declared that they wished they had stayed in Egypt and continued to serve the Egyptians. 

Since they could not see a way out of their trouble, they assumed that Moses had false motives for delivering them. 


  • Why did they think that Moses brought them out of Egypt and into the wilderness? 
  • Have you misjudged someone only to find out later that they were right? 

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