By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
Most assuredly one of the highlights for the Children of Israel during their exodus, is this event. There are so many times that they fall into other things like idolatry, murmuring, complaining, fear, more murmuring, disobedience, etc. Their journey to the promised land is marred by so many bad choices.
...like many of us.
I can remember as a child hearing about the Israelites traveling in the wilderness and thinking how they were such slow learners. I mean, how could they watch a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night lead them, and then turn around and start complaining that God wasn't going to take care of them. I used to think that was ridiculous.
At least I used to think that.
I know that our own lives are very marred by wrong choices as well, but as I read this passage, I was struck by the thought of how God has remembered their faith. The faith that got them out of Egypt is added to this "hall of faith" even though... or maybe, in spite of some of the other bad decisions they made later.
We know that it is by grace, through faith that you are saved. Rest assured that when you have gone down the wrong path, when you have followed the way of the Children of Israel and begun to murmur and complain; remember that your faith will be remembered. Our great high priest, Jesus Christ, is working continually; interceding for us. He is reminding God of our faith, and of his death that paid the price for the sins that we have committed.