He rebuked the Red Sea and it was dried up; so he led them through the deep asthrough the wilderness. He saved them from the adversary’s hand and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
By day the Lord went head of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light… neither the pillar of cloud nor the pillar of fire left its place in front of the people. Then the angel of God who had beentravelling in front of Israel’s army went behind them and the pillar of cloud stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel
(Exodus 13.21, 14.19)
He breaks open the way and leads them forward; they will break through the gateand go out, their king passes through at their front, their Lord is at their head
Creation as the Provision of the Lord for Man
All creation is the hospitality and provision of God for man. Creation serves us, for man is God's representative in creation.The Lord goes through the world, looking out for the righteous. As the Lord leads hispeople through creation, it makes way for them too. As the Lord passes the violentare subdued, the uprising is put down, justice and order are restored and the landbecomes fertile again. All creation opens to provide water and food for his people.The Lord turns the world from barren in inhospitable to fertile and productive.
He opened the rock and water gushed out, like a river it flowed in the desert
The clouds shelter his people from the harshness of the sun, and provide the rainwhich grows the grass that feeds the cattle and all those who depend on them.
He makes grass grow for the cattle and plants for man to cultivate, bringing forthfood from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shineand bread that sustains his heart
His blessings shower down with the rain. They renew the face of the earth andmakes people flourish. The sacrifices make Israel fertile.
The land that you are crossing over to occupy is a land of hills and valleys, watered by rain from the sky, a land that the Lord your God looks after. The eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. If you will only heed his every commandment that I am commanding you today--loving the Lord your God, and serving him with all your heart and with all your soul- thenhe will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, and you will gather in your grain, your wine, and your oil; and he will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you will eat your fill’
(Deuteronomy 11. 11-15).