The story of the crossing of the Red Sea is one of the most familiar and exciting miracles in Scripture. If you are like me, you can’t read this chapter without thinking of Charlton Heston as Moses in “The Ten Commandments” and the classic scene of the Red Sea parting. At the end of this blog you can click the link to watch that scene — it’s still pretty cool after 57 years!
Hollywood special effects artists reproduced the miracle on film fairly easily, but the magnitude of water displacement in the original miracle and the force required to hold back the “walls of water” (v.22) are mind-blowing. It was a miracle of, well…biblical proportions!
The actual account of this miracle, recorded in verses 21-27, is about more than getting the Israelites from one side of the sea to the other. It tells the story of a number of important changes. For instance…
Pharaoh went from being compliant to defiant to dead. His army went from charging in chariots to stuck in the mud to drowned. Moses went from being a timid shepherd who prayed, “Lord, why did You ever send me?” (5:22) to a great leader who proclaimed, “Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord” (v.13).
But the greatest changes recorded in this chapter were in the hearts of the Israelites. When they crossed over the sea on dry ground, they crossed over from fearing the Egyptians (v.10) to fearing the Lord (v.31). They crossed over from blaming God’s man (v.11) to believing in the ministry of God’s man (v.31). And they crossed over from doubting God (v.12) to trusting God (v.31).
How about you? Do you need to join me in crossing over? Let’s take some steps of faith today, moving from doubt to trust.