When it comes to miracles, this one is right up there with Lazarus’s resurrection. The Pharaoh had just let the Israelites free, and they were reveling in their newfound freedom after God brought a plague of plagues upon the Egyptians. Everything was going smoothly until they became caught between a rock and a hard place, or in this case the Egyptian army and the Red Sea. Fortunately, Moses had a clever move up his sleeve that would have made David Blaine’s brief stay in a box seem positively absurd.
Parting a sea is not a simple task, not even in movies. For example, Cecil B. DeMille broke some jelly in half and used some inventive perspective methods in The Godfather to make it look genuine. It’s clever, but the Old Testament says nothing about narcissistic directors or fruit-flavored gelatin. For this miracle, we need to look at the text itself. “And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the waters were divided by a strong east wind all night,” Jehovah said. Here’s the thing: science and the Bible are in perfect agreement over this issue.