2 “Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn back and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, before Baal Zephon. You shall encamp opposite it by the sea. 3 Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are entangled in the land. The wilderness has shut them in.’ 4 I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will follow after them; and I will get honor over Pharaoh, and over all his armies; and the Egyptians shall know that I am YHWH.” They did so. Exodus 14:2-4WEB
This passage contains a positive command, directed toward Israel through Moses: "Turn back and encamp before Pihahiroth". The command is followed by an explanation of God's plan which includes this command.
This command plays a role in the execution of a Corporate Judgment on Egypt. It also is relevant to an understanding of Prophecy because it is an instance where God commanded a prophet to perform a sign or wonder.
As it says in Verse 4, Israel obeyed the command. And, as described in the rest of this chapter, God's plan was accomplished as he described it.
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