Isaiah 43:16,18-19: “This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

In a time of need, Jacob (one of the many descendants of Abraham) had to move his entire family to Egypt. There he was received with open arms. One of his sons – Joseph – had become an influential man in Egypt, which is why Jacob’s family was treated with much respect. Unfortunately, 400 years later all of this was distant memory. The tides had turned against them. Feeling threatened by Israel’s explosive population growth, Egypt forced them into slave labor.

It was time to leave Egypt.

Israel’s exodus from Egypt was no minor feat. In order to arrive at their destination – a region southeast from the Mediterranean Sea – they had to go through treacherous desert terrain and get past the Red Sea. With the Egyptian army on their heels, the Red Sea quickly turned into a death trap. There was simply no escaping the Egyptians.

And Israel cried out to the Lord.

All of a sudden the waters began to recede until a pathway opened up ahead of them, right through the Red Sea. Led by Moses they entered the emptied seabed. With their children, their livestock and all of their belongings they fled to the other shore. Meanwhile, the Egyptians reached the Red Sea in hot pursuit of the Israelites. It must have been puzzling to see the Red Sea without water. After a moment’s hesitation the Pharaoh ordered his army to continue their pursuit – but when the last Israelites reached the other shore the Red Sea moved back into its seabed and all of Pharaoh’s army drowned. A day of tragedy and triumph, it was on this occasion that the nation of Israel was born, a pivotal moment in their history.

And yet, the Lord now says: “Forget this miracle at the Red Sea! This is nothing compared to the miracle about to happen.”

If every piece of information on the internet was a tree, we would have an endless forest of information right at our fingertips – but how do we get to the bottom of things? To cut through a sea of data, we need to remember that one tree matters most to humanity: the tree Jesus was nailed to. Back in Paradise, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil offered the fruit of death. On Golgotha, the tree Jesus was nailed to stands for victory over death and offers the fruit of eternal life. Jesus draws every human being to Him and brings peace to a broken world. The arrival of God’s Son surpasses the miracle at the Red Sea.

The Lord makes a way in the wilderness. Let us not dwell on the past and look forward to better things to come.

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