The Miracle at the Red Sea: Moses’ Big Day

Episode 456

July 1, 2024

Transcription

Connor:
You’re listening to The Bible Guys, a podcast where a couple of friends talk about the Bible in fun and practical ways.

Chris:
Well, if you’re listening, according to each day, happy Monday.

Jeff:
And good morning. Good morning.

Chris:
It is Monday, and nobody likes Mondays, or I wonder if there’s anybody that actually likes Mondays. I don’t know. Like if somebody says, oh, it’s Monday, oh.

Jeff:
They just need to keep it to themselves. That’s how I feel about it. Just keep it to yourself.

Chris:
I think so, too. But anyway, good morning, nevertheless, nonetheless. And my name is Chris. This is Jeff. We are the Bible Guys. And today we’re continuing with Moses. And today’s the big miracle.

Jeff:
That’s right. And I’m super excited about it. We’re going to be reading out of Exodus chapter 14, but Desiree gave us a very interesting segment today to deal with, and this is something I’ve never contemplated before. No, never, never. So she asked, if Moses had to host a podcast discussing the logistics of parting the Red Sea, who would his guest speakers be?

Chris:
Which is a crazy thought. Yeah.

Jeff:
I think that’s a good idea. So, you know, it’s very clever. It sounds like a skit. It turns out we happen to be, you know, podcast hosts. Yes. So I thought that was clever. And we’re reading about Moses going through the Red Sea and there had to been a lot of logistics. They’re moving a couple million people.

Chris:
And I love the fact that you asked AI for this.

Jeff:
So I sat down and asked chat GPT. I love it. I said, uh, if Moses, uh, hosted a podcast discussing logistics, part of the red sea, uh, who might he invite to be his guests?

Chris:
It’s by the way, the answers are so scary. It’s scary that a computer can just spit this back out once.

Jeff:
So I asked it for funny answers. Right. So on purpose. And so it said, uh, the first one was the Egyptian army swimming instructor, which is great. which is great, to discuss what went wrong with their aquatic training program after this event was over. So I thought that was funny. Well, sir, can you explain why everybody drowned? That’s a funny one. This was funny. I didn’t expect this one. Might also have a guest host who was a stand-up comedian to add some humor about what it must have been like to see walls of water and think, well, this day just got weird. Right.

Chris:
Yeah, and I’m sure he can just go off on that. I can picture a comedian riffing on that whole thing.

Jeff:
Oh man, yeah, yeah, yeah. Water going. Pharaoh’s boat rental guy would be another one that we could, yeah, to discuss the sudden surge in boat rental requests right after the sea party. That’s great. Yeah, I was just standing there and suddenly everybody wanted to rent my boats. Yep. A weather forecaster to explain how they totally missed predicting a sudden sea split in the forecast.

Chris:
Oh, there you go. So there’s that.

Jeff:
Although I’m sure… A fish. You could interview a fish to give the underwater perspective, especially the confusion about why their home suddenly had a no water zone. So there’s that.

Chris:
Well, there’s fish can’t talk. Chet GPT doesn’t know everything.

Jeff:
Well, I’m pretty sure you’re the guy who talks about Disney all the time. And Nemo talked. He did? Yeah.

Chris:
He talked to other fish, Jeff. Well, all I’m saying… He didn’t talk to the dentist.

Jeff:
I don’t know. I don’t know.

Chris:
Remember? Yeah, I remember. The bird was yelling, and then when it went to the humans, it was like… Well, Moses also talked to God in a bush.

Jeff:
It’s true. Bushes don’t talk either. That’s true. Right? It’s true. And then a hydraulic engineer to sarcastically take credit for designing the world’s first and only natural water gates. So there you go. That’s it. I thought those were very, very useful. They could be interesting. And we could probably get some very dynamic conversation out of swimming instructors and Pharaoh’s boat rental guys.

Chris:
So here’s a thought. I wonder if there’ll be a podcast in heaven. We get up there and we’re like, Hey, what’s, where’s everybody at? And we walk over and they’re like, Oh, they’re all over on the East wing. And we go to the East wing and it turns out they’re all just right. Yeah.

Jeff:
Today’s is Moses big day. Just listening to the big podcast.

Chris:
And I say, well, and then, and then we say, Oh my gosh, it took you 3,500 years to have a podcast. And then they say, what are you talking about? We just get here yesterday, but I’m pumped.

Jeff:
There you go. Okay. That’s rough, Chris. Come on! Very rough. Come on! Very, very rough. I think we’re going to leave the humor to ChadGBT now. From now on, just tell me something funny.

Chris:
Our Bible people appreciated that, Chad.

Jeff:
That was a funny one.

Chris:
Okay, good. Okay.

Jeff:
So there you go. I think that was interesting. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Des, that we would have never thought of those people. Matter of fact, I would have thought like, you know, Aaron and Joshua and, you know, just kind of nerdy stuff, but these were way better.

Chris:
Yeah, for sure. That’s really funny.

Jeff:
Okay. So then today we are picking up where God has sent the plagues upon Egypt. The Pharaoh finally says, just get out, just go, right? And then he continues to change his mind.

Chris:
And then he lets them go, because we’re not going to read the letting go part.

Jeff:
That’s correct. I just said, he lets them go and says, just go. You said that? I just said it.

Chris:
I wasn’t paying attention. Am I boring you to death?

Jeff:
I’m talking and you’re like, Yeah, I hope he quits making noise so I can say something.

Chris:
So ladies and gentlemen, Pharaoh’s about to change his mind.

Jeff:
In case he hadn’t picked it up, apparently Pharaoh’s going to let them go. Yes. Yes, but we’re not going to read that part. I think Chris let us know.

Chris:
Okay.

Jeff:
Okay, here we go. Verse 5. Verse 5. When word reached the king of Egypt that the Israelites had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds. “‘What have we done letting all those Israelite slaves get away?’ they asked. So Pharaoh harnessed his chariot and called up his troops. He took with him 600 of Egypt’s best chariots along with the rest of the chariots of Egypt, each with its commander. The Lord hardened the heart of the Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, so he chased after the people of Israel who had left with fists raised in defiance. The Egyptians chased after them with all the forces in Pharaoh’s army, all his horses and chariots, his charioteers and his troops. The Egyptians caught up with the people of Israel as they were camped beside the shore near Pi… Pi… How do you say that one? That’s why I love that you do. Pai-ha-heroth, across from Baal-zaphon. Baal-zaphon.

Chris:
Yeah, you’re probably right on there.

Jeff:
There you go, I got that one. Okay. As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them, and they cried out to the Lord. And they said to Moses, why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, leave us alone. Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness. But Moses told the people, don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. Then the Lord said to Moses, Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving. Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground. And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians and they will charge in after the Israelites. My great glory will be displayed through Pharaoh and his troops, his chariots and his charioteers. When my glory is displayed through them, all Egypt will see my glory and know that I am the Lord. Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to the rear of the camp. The pillar of cloud also moved from the front and stood behind them. The cloud settled between the Egyptian and Israelite camps. As darkness fell, the cloud turned to fire, lighting up the night, but the Egyptians and Israelites did not approach each other all night. Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground with walls of water on each side. Then the Egyptians, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers, chased them into the middle of the sea. But just before dawn, the Lord looked down on the Egyptian army from the pillar of fire and cloud, and He threw their forces into total confusion. He twisted their chariot wheels, making their chariots difficult to drive. Let’s get out of here, away from the Israelites, the Egyptians shouted. The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt. When all the Israelites had reached the other side, the Lord said to Moses, raise your hand over the sea again, and then the waters will rush back and cover the Egyptians and their chariots and charioteers. So, as the sun began to rise, Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the water rushed back into its usual place. The Egyptians tried to escape, but the Lord swept them into the sea. Then the waters returned and covered all the chariots and charioteers, the entire army of Pharaoh. Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived. But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, as the water stood up like a wall on both sides. That is how the Lord rescued Israel from the hand of the Egyptians that day, and the Israelites saw the bodies of the Egyptians washed up on the seashore. When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the Lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before Him. They put their faith in the Lord and in His servant Moses.”

Chris:
There you go.

Jeff:
So they all drowned. All of them.

Chris:
Yeah, and so 600 chariots, the rest of the army, and then it said, and then all the other chariots of Egypt. So there weren’t just 600, there were plenty, right? And it’s just amazing to me how, you know, Do you think that 600 is a small number of chariots? Well, compared to a million people, I started thinking about the army force. But then I started, as you were reading that, actually, my brain started going to like these war movies in my mind. And I started thinking like, how many people can one chariot take down? Right. So if you’re in a chariot and you’re just going up against defenseless people who are unarmed, I imagine a chariot can take quite a few people. Oh yeah. You know, especially you just drive by with a sword and kabam. Right.

Jeff:
Well, some of those chariots in those ancient days, they would hook up essentially what would be like big swords sticking out from the wheel hubs. Yeah. And they would just go through and just mow people down. Yeah. It’s pretty rough. So I don’t know if the Egyptians did that, but I know that some of the ancient fighters would.

Chris:
Yeah. So, yeah, so it’s just an unbelievable thing to think, several things, actually. One thing that stands out to me is the comment that says dry ground. You know, so the water parts and what, this soil that had been under that water for how many years now, right? You know, since its creation, probably, all of a sudden becomes dry. So the Bible doesn’t give us details by accident. So, you know, otherwise they’d be walking in mud. Have you ever walked in mud so deep that when you’re, um, I’ve actually had it to where I know you have, where I actually stepped in mud so deep to where I couldn’t pull my leg up. And then when I finally used enough strength to pull my leg up, my shoe stuck. And then my, I pulled up my sock and then all of a sudden the mud closes and my shoe is buried. It’s just gone. Oh, it’s like a foot and a half deep right inside the mud. And so, I mean, you would imagine that’s what the ground would be like. So how could a million people walk through in just less than a day? And the answer is it has to be completely dry. So that’s pretty amazing.

Jeff:
Well, I only know of one partial miracle in the Bible, and that was when Jesus healed that guy, his blindness. And the guy goes, well, I see people walk around like trees and Jesus heals him again. Remember that part?

Chris:
Yeah, like they were like, he saw like, um, like, uh, images, like, like, like blurry. Yeah.

Jeff:
He was kind of saying, Hey, things are still blurry. And Jesus finished that miracle. Other than that, all the other miracles. And I think Jesus was doing a thing there. Right. He did that on purpose.

Chris:
Yeah.

Jeff:
He didn’t mess up. All the rest of the miracles are complete in total. They’re always complete. It’s not just like a partial, cause it would have been impressive just standing the water up.

Chris:
Right, right, right.

Jeff:
But God does a complete miracle. And every once in a while, somebody will tell me about how, you know, some faith healer healed them and, hey, things are better. It doesn’t hurt nearly as bad as it used to. I’m like, well, all the miracles in the Bible are, it wouldn’t hurt at all if that was real. So how much of that is psychosemantic versus right, you know, the real deal, but you always see total miracles. So here you go. You’ve got these guys, man, and they’re running and in typical fashion, here’s the theme for almost all the rest of Moses’s leadership. They get out, yay, we’re free. They literally, they’re leaving Egypt with their fists in the air in defiance. And then they get to the water and say, you did this to us. It’s Moses is the best, Moses is the worst. Moses is the best, Moses is the worst. And this is for the next 40 years of Moses’ life.

Chris:
And he’s thinking, I signed up for this?

Jeff:
Yeah. These clowns.

Chris:
Um, so another thing that we skipped over that, uh, whenever I talk about this passage or teach this passage, I camp on the fact that, um, I love God’s instructions to Moses because the army got together and they were heading, uh, you know, their way, but even before they saw them, if you back up a few verses, God spoke to Moses and said, okay, here’s the plan, okay? I want you to take the people, I want you to take them all the way up to the edge of the sea between those two cities that were hard to read, and I want you to stay there and the Israelites will think that you’re trapped. The Egyptians? Excuse me, the Egyptians will think that you’re trapped and you have nowhere to go. He’s like, okay, ready, break. And that was it. So the instructions that God gave Moses had zero indication of what God was up to. So that’s why I love that part of the passage is because, you know, clearly God knows what he’s doing. Clearly God spoke and God gave very specific instructions. And yet the instructions were horrible. He says, Hey, I get an idea. I get an idea. Camp yourself up against the water to where you have nowhere else to go. Ready? Break. You know, and that was it. He didn’t even say like, and then I’m going to part the red sea. He just said, do that. And so that’s why Moses here has confidence. So the people see that is, you know, the, the chariots coming, they, they, they’re absolutely convinced that they’re going to die. Why? Because they spent the last 400 years seeing what the Egyptians can do with chariots. right? And they’ve seen what it means to defy them. And so now that their wrath has been turned onto them, they’re absolutely convinced they’re going to die, which is why they say, Oh, great Moses. Now, now you’ve done it. Right. And then Moses is like, wait a minute. These are instructions given by God, right? We’re walking in faith. He didn’t tell us what to do next. He just told us the first step. And there’s a sermon in there that talks about, you know, I mean, that we can apply that would, that would tell us, God may not give you the entire solution, but he may ask us to step out in faith. And that’s really what faith means. Otherwise it wouldn’t take faith, would it? It wouldn’t take faith if we knew exactly what was going to happen. And so it’s a lesson learned to say, okay, God, I’m just going to do the next, the next thing.

Jeff:
How many times have you had somebody say, I just wish God would give me a sign?

Chris:
Oh, geez. Every moment of my ministry.

Jeff:
I bet you most of our listeners have had a moment in their life where they just feel like their faith would be stronger if God would give them a sign. Yes. So the people of Israel saw God, you know, turn water into blood.

Chris:
Yeah.

Jeff:
So wouldn’t that be enough of a sign for you to go, okay, God’s always got me, right? But then there’s boils and hail and frogs and gnats and frogs and that’s right. And, and lice and darkness, darkness, literally the sun God was defeated, neutered in that minute, right? For three days. Right. And so just God, give me a sign. And I’m going to say, I’m just going to call BS on that one. If God gave you a sign, you still wouldn’t have very much more faith than they do, because they got 10 signs, including the killing of Pharaoh’s son and all the other firstborn sons in Egypt. And then they pillage Egypt without having to steal anything. They just, the Egyptians gave them gold and silver. Their pockets are full, full of gold and silver and jewelry and all that kind of stuff. They’re standing at the edge of the sea and then they turn around and go, God forgot us and Moses, we told you not to do this. Isn’t that what they said? They’re like, we told you not to bring us out here. Just let us be slaves in Egypt, right? It’s better to die in Egypt a slave than it is to come out here in the wilderness and die, be a corpse in the wilderness. And Moses is looking and going, okay, God gave you 10 signs, 11 if you include the fact that their pockets are full, and then the people still doubt God. God can do all those other things, but he can’t solve this one, right? And so I’m just going to say, Christians say that all the time. People claim that. I don’t think there’s a lot of intellectual integrity in demanding that God give a sign when we know historically millions of Israelites, they didn’t. They had literally in the last few weeks enough signs to rock my world. And yet they’re standing there at the edge of the sea going, well, we’re dying now. God delivered us all the way to this point, but I guess this is where we die.

Chris:
Yeah. But you know, it’s, it’s also a funny thing when you’re confronted with actual death, you know, we don’t realize how we’re going to act in that moment. Sure. I think I told you a story where I, where I always hoped that would be the person to run into the fire, you know, but then, but then this thing happens and I, and I don’t want to find out. I wasn’t, you know, in the moment. And, uh, and I was like, gee whiz, like, I, like, I’m sort of disappointed in myself. Right. Like this thing happened. It was really scary. And I stood on the other side of the road, you know, and, uh, and it was only a split second, but still I talked to myself, gosh, I, I’d like to think I’d be the guy to run back into the building. Right. And, uh, and yet, uh, you know, it turns out I, I, I didn’t. So, I mean, there is that, you know, where, where maybe perhaps they were so scared.

Jeff:
But wouldn’t you think yesterday God killed all of the, all of the firstborn people of Egypt and we’re walking out with pockets full of gold and silver. That’s true. Yesterday. I mean, I mean, we’re not talking over the course of your life. This is literally yesterday. And now they’re saying that I’m just saying we are so fickle in our, in our faith, our faith ebbs and flows.

Chris:
Yesterday. It is. That’s exactly what happened.

Jeff:
So funny. So then Moses, Moses does. And by the way, here’s for those of you that are leaders, here’s a great thing. Moses didn’t know what was going to happen either at this point. He had no concept of what was about to happen. Right. The people are freaking out. And Moses says, don’t be afraid. Right. Right. Calm down. Just stand still. What else are they going to do? Right. They’re surrounded. Right. So just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. And the Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. Moses, first of all, understood his first job was to calm the people down, right? People can’t make good decisions when they’re panicking. They want to run. They want to freak out. You know, I’ve told this before, but lions, a lot of times their roar is designed to scare and spook the gazelles and just get the gazelles to run away from the herd. And then it gets way easier to catch one than it is to try to get them all right. And so, you know, just, he says, stay calm, stay where you are. God’s going to fight for you. Well, one of the reasons why he knew God was going to fight for them is because there was no other option. And he’d already seen God fight for them 11 times here. And so there was no other option, just calm down. And that’s, I think, great leadership. Good shepherds, calm down the sheep, because the sheep want to run. They want to panic. But then I think this is funny. So he says, calm down. Don’t be afraid. God’s going to fight for you. The very next verse, the Lord tells Moses, why are you crying to me? So inside, Moses is freaking out. Right. On the outside, Moses is like, calm down, God’s gonna fight for us. And the very next verse, God goes, dude, why are you freaking out?

Chris:
Right. Right? Yeah, so somewhere in there, Moses went to God and he’s like, What are we doing? What are we doing?

Jeff:
There’s a place where King David tells his fighters, his soldiers all think that they’re going to die. Remember they’re going to come up against Saul? And King David turns around and he says, no, no. He’s talking to the mighty men. These are the leaders of the warriors. And he turns around to the mighty men and he says, it’s time for you to play the man. right? Because the rest of our armies are watching us. Right. Right. Sometimes you just have to step up and be that person of courage, even when you’re just trembling on the inside. Right. And I think there’s, there’s something about that here where he just stepped up and he said, God’s going to have to take care of us. We have no other options, but on the inside, he’s just a mess. And God says, why, you know, why are you crying out to me? And then raise your, raise that staff. Remember he’s already used that rod, right? He’s already used that staff. He’s already done miracles with it. And so God decided to use the thing that was in Moses’s hand to deliver the people.

Chris:
So I’m the movie and TV guy and so I’m gonna go full nerd on you. There’s a famous meme Maybe you’ve seen it going around It’s a Star Trek meme where this this captain this white-haired captain comes over and bulldozes everybody in the Enterprise and and then Captain Riker Jonathan Riker not captain, but commander Riker says to Deanna Troy and she’s a beta zoid she she senses emotions and those are people thinking and And he goes, well, I will say this, he sure is confident. And she knows the inside of him. And she goes, actually, he’s not at all. And so, and it cuts there, right? And so, and this thing goes, I’ve seen it a hundred times. And it’s interesting how, you know, here’s this goofy little nerdy show, and it’s depicting exactly what we’re talking about right here. Because it resonates with every scenario, doesn’t it? Where as a leader of your family, you play the man, you know, you be strong for somebody. And on the inside, you’re like, I sure hope so. Which by the way, is exactly why It’s so meaningful to me when John the Baptist sent that message to Jesus and says, just tell me, just tell me so I can hear it from your own words. Are you the one that should come or should we look for another? Right? Because his entire life, he’s the one that says, he’s the one that he sends messages. Jesus goes, are you the one?

Jeff:
So they’re about to cut my head off. We’re not fooling around with this, right?

Chris:
This is legit. And then, Another thing I was going to tell you is, I was going to bring this up. Wow, it’s almost time to go. But are you familiar with Ron Wyatt in Israel? All his diggings in Israel? There’s a guy famous in the 50s, 60s, 70s, where he’s so famous in that he uncovered so much evidence saying this is real. This is real. This is real. And there’s a group of people that says, Oh, he falsified evidence because there’s no way he, one person found so many irrefutable things. But then there’s another group of people that says, no, no, no. But up until this point, nobody had looked as hard as Ron Wyatt. Right. And so, so, you know, people financed his expeditions and, and he went and just decided to dedicate. And, and so anyway, so whether you believe in, Ron’s findings or not, he found a very particular thing that he claims that he knows exactly where the people crossed the Red Sea. And there was like a wadi, and it would have been like, you know, like a a little trail where there’s mountains on every side. And so God would have told them to camp on this beachhead. And so imagine that a million people going through this tiny little winding trail with mountains on every side. In other words, there’s no way out, right? There’s only one way in one way out. And it ends up on this beachhead with mountain ranges on either side, definitely big enough for a million people. And then if you do a, this is crazy, but if you do a, what do you call those things where they, they, they, measure the sonar, yeah, underneath. It looks as if, and this part is true, it looks as if it’s super deep and then it comes up and there’s like a man, there’s like a God made bridge.

Jeff:
Like a land bridge.

Chris:
Like a land bridge going from this wadi to the other side. And what he says, Ron Wyatt says, he found a stone pillar on one side that said, this commemorates the crossing. But it wasn’t, but it wasn’t a, it didn’t say much more than that. Right. And so he says, this has to be where they cross based on the sonar, based on where the, where the cities were, all these different kinds of things. And then he says that in, in the red sea, that there’s coral, that if you, if you look at the shape of coral could be construed as the gold, the gold around the chariots wheels. that the coral had grown around and there’s several things that are perfectly round. And he says, he says that that would have been the base. That’s why it didn’t disintegrate. Right. So it’s pretty interesting. Wow. And, and so, and it’s, and it’s like, wow, well, whether, whether or not, you know, whether or not that’s exactly the place that they crossed. The thing that made me fascinated was that God would have created the Red Sea with this land bridge, knowing that one day this would happen, right? Knowing that this would be the moment.

Jeff:
It just fascinates me. Or He created it right then.

Chris:
Oh yeah, that’s right. He could have created it right then. Who knows, right? That’s kind of neat.

Jeff:
So it’s neat. But hey, any way you look at it, God delivers the people of Israel, and from this point on, Egypt leaves them alone. Yep, that’s right. And that’s how God does. God does complete miracles. He always completely resolves a thing.

Chris:
Well, that’s our time. So we will pick up next time. We’ll see you then on The Bible Guys.