Parting the sea

The Israelites are being chased. They’re standing before the Red Sea. God sent them there, but now they’re trapped with no way out. Moses raises his hand. Then God makes the east wind rise, which splits the waters. The Israelites walk across the seafloor to the opposite shore. Then the waves swallow the Egyptians.

water ∙ movement ∙ change
Even God can’t do anything on his own.

“I actually believe that needing others is an incredibly beautiful, sacred thing. We need to stop believing in this kind of toxic idea of self-reliance. People often say to me, ‘You’re so brave. You’re so strong.’ But I’m actually really fragile and that’s okay.”
Alok Vaid-Menon

The shores are connected. The ground continues under the water, conceiled. Just like:

life/death
us/them
good/bad

Many have proposed natural explanations for the parting of the Red Sea. If they are right, what does that mean? Was the miracle not a miracle? Or did the miracle actually happen?

Roy Fraser Holland describes the following miracle: “A child riding his toy motor-car strays on to an unguarded railway crossing near his house and a wheel of his car gets stuck down the side of one of the rails. An express train is due to pass with the signals in its favor and a curve in the track makes it impossible for the driver to stop his train in time to avoid any obstruction he might encounter on the crossing.” But right before it hits the child, the train stops. The driver had fainted and the brakes were applied automatically.

Miracles don’t need to defy the laws of nature!

Did the Egyptian soldiers deserve to die?

“When someone is saved from certain death by a strange concatenation of circumstances, they say that’s a miracle. But of course if someone is killed by a freak chain of events — the oil spilled just there, the safety fence broken just there – that must also be a miracle.”
Terry Pratchett

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