Bible studies # 39: When Jews walked across the Red Sea like during the tsunami

When the tsunami struck the Indian Ocean, people could walk on the dry sea bed. But when the waters came back, all of them drowned.

These tourists in Thailand were caught by surprise during the Tsunami. They could swim and survived.

A lady once told me that her Catholic priest had «explained» to her the true meaning of the Jews crossing the Red Sea during the exodus from Egypt.

«The sea did not part. But that day, there was an extreme difference between low tide and high tide».

Another Jewish lady told me something similar. That the Jewish people managed to cross the sea at a place where shallow waters allowed them to use stones and rocks to cling on to. That God had parted the sea, was for her unthinkable.

I rebuked them both. Because God of Israel has in our days done the same that He did during the exodus from Egypt 3.000 years ago. The event took place on 26th of December 2004, in The Indian Ocean.

Exodus 14:21-22.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

During the clean up after the tsunami on Sri Lanka, I met a Norwegian who had seen the Indian ocean departing from the beach, and leaving dry ground on the sea bed for about a kilometer.

Satelitte pictures from Sri Lanka, exposing the departed sea, and the dry sea bed during the tsunami.

Exodus 14:23-25

The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. During the last watch of the night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said,

“Let’s get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt.”

The Norwegian explained:

«There were three waves. When the first one subtracted, it left the sea bed off the cost of Hikkaduwa dry for more than a kilometer. I saw many Sri Lankans running out on the enlarged beach, to pick up fisher and crabs, the Norwegian explained.

He continued his story, by explaining in details how he fled the place, as fast as his feet could carry him. He knew the sea would return in a matter of minutes.

Exodus 14: 26-28

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the LORD swept them into the sea.

«I grew up on an island. I know that when the ocean disappears, it will surely come back. I also knew that the second wave would most likely be more powerful than the first».

When the second wave struck the local «beach walkers» in Sri Lanka, they all drowned.

Exodus 14: 29

The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

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