Exodus 14:26 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the LORD tossed the Egyptians into the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. 29 But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. 30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Israel saw the great work that the LORD did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the LORD and believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses.
God had inflicted multiple plagues on the Egyptians, then wiped out the pursuing Egyptian army. In light of this, I expect “feared of the Lord” (v.31) is a correct assessment of their experience of God. This is certainly not the “Abba” (Daddy) Jesus would introduce in the New Testament gospels. This is a mighty, powerful God – destroyer of peoples.
Lord you are mighty and powerful, but also loving and tender. It’s an interesting combination of things. This morning we thank you that, through your Son Jesus, we sinners have been given a path to forgiveness, renewal, and even intimacy with you. Draw us near, O God. Amen.