The Miraculous Red Sea Crossing

         Today is Friday the 13th, a most superstitious day on the calendar. This is the second of three Friday the 13th’s this year. We had one in January and will have another in July, so the day isn’t all that rare.

         But today also happens to be Nisan 21 on the Hebrew calendar. Nisan 21 is the seventh and last day of Unleavened Bread. It is a holy day, as was Nisan 15 last Saturday.

         Traditionally, these seven days marked the time between the nation of Israel exiting Egypt and crossing the Red Sea. It was a time of unleavened bread because they were on the run, first to simply pack up and get out, and secondly to stay ahead of Pharaoh’s army. The king of Egypt first decided to let them go at last, but then changed his stubborn mind yet again. It was a fateful decision, as was every other decision he made against God. If he had left well enough alone after any of the ten plagues, he would have been better off. But because he kept fighting against the will of God and God’s people, he eventually lost everything.

         We can find such a place in Egyptian history when the nation was devastated, but that’s another story for another time. Today, we will remember a miracle.

         If the Red Sea miracle did not happen, there would be no Israel. If there was no Israel, there would be no Messiah Jesus. There would be no sacrifice for our sins. We would all go to hell. But it did happen because there was purpose in it. It was not only to save the nation for the sake of the future birth of the Sacrifice Lamb, it was to save the nation. God loved Israel and He still does, of course.

         But at that last moment, when the world-class army of Egypt was bearing down on them, and when they had no perceivable means of escape, God came through.

         And this is always the point: The more difficult and impossible the circumstance, the greater the miracle, the more love shown through the miracle, and the more glory gained by the Lord.

         In another words, the more magnified God is in one’s life, the more life one has. Our Lord Jesus called it abundant life. It means super-abundant in quantity, and superior in quality. It means the best. One cannot have the best without having the Lord. He proves His love by giving us His best. He proves His love the best by giving us Himself.

         This is what He did for the nation of Israel that day almost 3,500 years ago. It was not God that enslaved His people, and it was not God that decided to go after them one last time. That was strictly Pharaoh’s decision. It was God’s decision to set His people free, which He did, and it was God’s decision to protect them from certain death.

         He didn’t want to wipe out Egypt, but He had no choice. He loved His people.

         And He loves you and me.

         Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. [Exodus 14:21-22][1] 

         I don’t know what your miracle might be this day, but I believe there is a miracle. It might not be as dramatic as the crossing of the Red Sea, but it will definitely show God’s love. I learned a long time ago that the Lord never spoils His children. He wants to bless us and does, but we must be able to receive properly and not let the blessing go to our head or be distanced from God by it. So the Lord must be prudent. His ultimate goal is to get us to heaven with Him forever. He also wants to bless us in this life but such is secondary.

         I read a true story about a young preacher once. He was living day to day and largely hand to mouth, preaching here and there. He didn’t have much money, and never knew what he might receive through offerings, but the Lord always took care of him. One evening after preaching he received a sizable offering. It was enough to pay his bills for an entire month.

         As he was beholding the check with shock and awe, the Lord spoke to him. He told him to give the giant check to a missionary who was also there that night.

         What would you do?

         The young man knew he heard God. He knew He had to obey. And he gave away the offering.

         Imagine the scene. He had already seen his future a lot more brightly, and then saw it all seemingly snatched away. About an hour later at a restaurant, he and a bunch of people from the church were having dinner. The young evangelist was approached by a man who knew what had happened, not because the young preacher told anyone—he had made it a point to keep it all secret. The older man knew because God told him. And God also told him that the young preacher was to learn a valuable lesson about giving.

         Long story short, the man gave the young evangelist another check. It was ten times the amount of the first one, to the penny!

         Now, God’s blessings are not always that dramatic, but that particular one was made to serve a purpose. The Red Sea miracle was also made to serve a purpose. It was to show His people how much He loved them. And it was to scare the daylights out of every other nation in the region.

         Today, on Friday the 13th of all days, will be a day of miracles for those who love the Lord with all their heart and obey Him. It could very well be something out of the ordinary. Or it could be a seemingly simple but profound, “I love you.”

         Will you recognize it? Give the Lord Jesus the glory. He loves to come through for His people!

         © 2012 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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Posted on April 13, 2012, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (I Tim. 1:17). God is a God of miracles and may He bless you with “special miracles” (Acts 19:11) today as you serve and worship Him. May His blessings come on you and overtake you this day (Deut. 28:2) In Jesus’ Name. Great post!
    Blessings, Tom

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    • Tom, thanks for your comment. The scripture and prayer of praise renewed my spirt. May we each live out His Miracles with new zeal and committment in our lives and community.
      Blessings.

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  2. Thanks Bob…..for a welcome, positive picture of the 13th. Let’s trim our lamps and prepare for the coming miracle(s). Lord give us wisdom and discernment to see and follow Your calling when the miracle(s) come…for indeed, they WILL come.

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  3. Thank you for your comment, Tom. And thank you for the verses which speak of the Lord’s promises of miracles toward His children. Let us all pray today and ask the Lord to rain down His blessings on His children, on all those who need a miracle, and that His love can be shed forth. Today, Israel left Egypt behind forever. May we all exit Egypt as well through whatever miracle the Lord has planned. The last twelve days have been incredible reminders of the love, power, and grace of our Messiah Jesus who stops at nothing to take care of His children. These are anniversaries of one miracle after another. There is no doubt the Lord is doing exactly the same in the spiritual realm in these days of a growing national Great Awakening. For those who have the courage to believe for the best, the best will happen. Our Lord has guaranteed no less. Blessings and miracles upon you and yours this day.

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  4. This really encouraged me. We will be watching for our miracle today. All praise to the One Who is Worthy of all praise!

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    • Amen to that, Susan! Thanks. Many miracles took place today, and you may have already received yours.

      Thanks to all of you guys for being the blessings you are.

      I especially want to thank my Father for today’s gift. I GOT MY MIRACLE.

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  5. Reblogged this on YOU DECIDE.

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  6. Thanks a lot. I always appreciate it. Be blessed.

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  7. Wow! I love this post This is exactly what happened! Yes I received an absolute dramatic provision of God…He parted my red sea…He has taken me to a wider place and has set my feet on solid ground…His Ways are awesome and true…Hallelujah!

    You are so blessed, God has given you such wonderful insight and discernment! Thank you for your ardent love for Jesus which shines in everything you are and say…

    Blessings,

    Yvonne M. I. Wick

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