When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Moses is the one God has been talking to, so the people can not be expected to have the same confidence. They have been slaves, doing the bidding of Egypt. Moses has never been a slave. He was raised to be a prince of Egypt, even though he’s been on the most wanted list for 40 years.
This is why the prophet is, and always has been, important to God’s people. Most are busy living their lives, unable to see the forest because of the trees. The prophet sees what God shows him. And God sees the forest. He gives the word of the Lord as He wills it.
We still need people like this. It is not enough to know the book. The Pharisees knew the book, but rejected John the Baptist, the prophet who knew what page he was on. Then they rejected Jesus, the living word.