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, right before their eyes the waters began to recede until a pathway opened right through the Red Sea. Led by Moses, the Israelites followed the new pathway. With their children, their livestock and all of their belongings they walked to the other side by foot. Meanwhile, the Egyptians in hot pursuit of the Israelites were dumbfounded at the sight. After a moment of hesitation they too entered the sea bed to catch up with them, but they did not get very far. When the last Israelite had safely arrived on the other side, the Red Sea moved back in with pounding waves and drowned Pharaoh’s army.
A day of tragedy and triumph, it was on this occasion that the nation of Israel was born, a pivotal moment in human history.
And yet, referring to this day the Lord now says: “Forget this miracle at the Red Sea! This is nothing compared to the miracle that is 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 crash through the surface and 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. Just as much as the tree of knowledge blew everything apart, Jesus’s death and resurrection picks up the broken pieces and puts everything back together. I believe Prophet Isaiah was right. This outstanding miracle easily dwarfs the event at the Red Sea.
Looking at the Tree of Life, Jesus draws every human being to Him and brings peace to a broken world.