Moses remained silent, there were many who wanted to speak out and demand to know just how the Egyptian army encamped nearby would disappear. But at that moment something happened to the cloud that was gradually changing into a fiery mass. It moved northward over the Israelites - then stopped in a spot midway between the Israelites and the Egyptian army! (Exodus 14:19-20.) The Long Night Begins. When the people saw how the fiery column had placed itself between them and their pursuers, their frenzy turned into awe. Still there were those who were fearful of Pharaoh's army, regardless of God's fiery sign in the sky. Even after the base of the blazing pillar settled right down to the ground there were many who were unable to be calm as long as they knew that Egyptian soldiers were so close.
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