After the ten plagues in Egypt forced Pharaoh to release the Israelites from bondage as slaves, it was God, through Moses, who led the Israelites to set up temporary camp on the shore of the Red Sea. When Pharaoh and the Egyptians changed their minds, and pursued the Israelites with their chariot army, the Israelites were trapped by the Red Sea. This was God’s doing. Moses had not made a mistake. He was listening correctly in the Spirit to God’s voice.
When the Israelites saw the Egyptian army, they panicked. The Egyptian chariot army was not going to pull up to the crowd of Israelites and calmly discuss the terms of their return to Egypt as slaves. The Egyptians were going to massacre a large number of Israelites, in retaliation for what had recently occurred in Egypt, and then force the survivors back to Egypt. Although their lives were hard and bitter in Egypt, they still had had wives, children, enough food to eat, and a roof over their heads. At that moment the Israelites were wondering why they had given up their hard but secure existence in Egypt for the promise of freedom through faith and hope in a leader named Moses and in a God they barely knew. The circumstances were real, immediate, and they did not look good. The Egyptian soldiers had spears and swords they would soon thrust through the Israelite men, women, and children, without a second thought. Yet they were trapped by the Red Sea.
Unlike the fictional stories of Robin Hood, A Tale of Two Cities, or Star Wars, this author believes that God actually did place a real pillar of fire to temporarily block the Egyptian chariot army, and that God did open up an actual dry land passage through the Red Sea. I was not there. I did not see it happen. But I believe these were actual historical events. If God can create the physical universe out of nothing through the Big Bang, it should be relatively easy for Him to supernaturally open up the Red Sea and hold back the waters long enough for people to pass safely through. I know from the transformation that happened inside me when I accepted Jesus Christ into my life, and through several supernatural experiences of God’s faithfulness in my life since then, that this is just the type of thing that God would do with the Israelites at the beginning of their history-making exodus from Egypt (Isaiah 14:24).
If Christians have experienced being spiritually reborn (John 3:3), then they personally know that God can supernaturally intervene in the affairs of mankind. Something extraordinary like the parting the Red Sea for the Israelites simply falls somewhere along the sliding scale of the magnitude of the various works of God.