The Red Sea divided and congealed, Hebrews 11:29 and Exodus 14:21-31

When Moses put his arm out at God’s command, the waters of the Red Sea parted and were frozen in place on either side of some dry land. Moses by faith with over 3 million people crossed the sea in approx 1445BC.

The Red Sea had divided and congealed. When they had crossed safely over, the water came back drowning the chasing Egyptian armies.

This was a continuation of miracles that God did as He brought His people the Israelites back to the land that He had promised them many centuries ago.

The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD and also the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant yet they still grumbled against Moses and God many times over the next 40 years.

Background Reading:

11:29 By faith the Israelis went through the Red Sea as if it were dry land. When the Egyptians tried to do this, they were drowned.
Hebrews 11:29

The Red Sea divided and congealed

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD caused the water to retreat by a strong east wind all night, turning the sea into dry land. As the waters were divided, 22 the Israelis went into the middle of the sea on dry land, and the waters formed a wall for them on their right and on their left.

23 The Egyptians pursued—all the horses of Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen—and they went into the middle of the sea after them. 24 In the morning watch, the LORD looked down on the Egyptian camp through the pillar of fire and cloud, and he threw the Egyptian camp into confusion. 25 He made the wheels of their chariots wobbles so that they drove them with difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let’s flee from Israel because the LORD is fighting for them and against us.”

The Egyptians Drown in the Sea

26 Then the LORD told Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea and the water will come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots, and over their horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the water returned to its normal depth at daybreak. The Egyptians tried to retreat in front of the advancing water, but the LORD destroyed the Egyptians in the middle of the sea. 28 The water returned, covering the chariots and the horsemen of Pharaoh’s entire army that had pursued the Israelis into the sea. Not a single one of them remained. 29 But the Israelis walked through the middle of the sea on dry land, and the water stood like a wall for them on their right and on their left.

30 On that day the LORD delivered Israel from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead along the seashore. 31 When Israel saw the great force by which the LORD had acted against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD, and they believed the LORD and Moses his servant.
Exodus 14:21–31
and also see Exodus 15:8

More Information:

Where Israel crossed the Red Sea under Moses is an interesting point one commentator suggests it was across a 13km path in the Gulf of Aqaba the right arm of the Red Sea so they could enter Midian (Arabia). Mt Sinai is where Moses saw the burning bush is also in Arabia. Egypt at this time extended control all the way to the Gulf of Aqaba with military strongholds.


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