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The Israelites are trapped between the sea and Pharaoh’s chariots, it is a seemingly desperate situation and the Israelites begin to regret ever leaving the comparative safety of Egypt even with all the misery that involved.

Moses however has great faith in God and through God’s authority he raises his staff and the waters of the sea part allowing the Israelites to pass safely to the other side.

Once they are back on dry land, Moses once again obeys God’s commands and raises his staff. The waters return and the pursuing Egyptian army is drowned. God not only rescued his own people but by now he has convinced the Egyptians that he is an awesome God who commands authority over nature herself.

Jesus is questioned about where he gets his authority to preach, to heal and to forgive sins. The Pharisees do not want to lose face nor seen their own authority undermined. Jesus responds with a question about John’s authority to baptise – the Pharisees dare not answer.

To give way to a higher authority requires humility. We should accept the teaching and tradition of the Church which sometimes runs contrary to modern society and contemporary culture. We may have to move out of our own comfortable place in order to do so but it is only when we accept this authority that we can see the truth and enable our faith to grow.

Scripture: Exodus 13:17-15:18; Matthew 21:33-46; Psalm 26:1-12; Proverbs 6:16-19