Through the Red Sea

Michael Wilcock

READ : Psalm 106:9-12

He led them through the deep . . . and delivered them from the hand of the enemy. (vv. 9-10)

The animated movie The Prince of Egypt depicts a Red Sea of unlikely depth. The escape route that God carves through it for his people is bounded by great walls of water, out of which a variety of finny creatures, even a whale, peer with some surprise at the endless procession of Israelites tramping past below them.

The fact that the event probably didn’t happen quite like that does not mean that it didn’t happen at all. More importantly, as the apostle Paul points out, the fact that all those people “were baptized into Moses . . . in the sea” (1 Cor. 10:2) – that is, that going through its waters was a rite by which they were christened “Moses’ people” – does not necessarily mean that all of them were truly his fellow believers.

Indeed a great many plainly were not. One reason for God’s prolonging their wilderness journey was to give them time to demonstrate by their lives whether or not they really had left the old life to start a new one. The proof that we are truly out of Egypt is not a religious rite, or even a public word of testimony, but a changed life.

PRAYER

Help us to practice the undeniable witness of a holy life.