The Parting Of The Red Sea:

6th October

The ImPossible Miracle

Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side!”

Exodus 14:21-22

Be honest with yourself, when you read the above verse, did it fill you with wonder and praise or did you just read it as a familiar Biblical story? The truth is, we can have that tendency, to take for granted the wondrous miracles of the Bible that changed history forever. This is why the ‘Passover’ festival is celebrated every year by the Jewish people. It is to remind them of how God freed them from slavery from the Egyptians and liberated them as a free nation, when they walked through the Red Sea and into the promised land God had given them.

Throughout the Bible we read of hundreds of miracles, both in the Old and New Testament. Yet we should not let the familiarity of those stories, take away the significance of them, as both evidence of who our God is and what they meant in their original context. If we constantly remind ourselves that God parted the Red Sea for the Israelites, then when we are faced with a ‘Red Sea’ of our own, we will be assured that God too, can part our seas and cause us to walk through unscathed. Our God is the God of miracles, both then, now and forever more. Do you trust Him?

Salvation:

The ImPossible Miracle

5th October

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.””

Matthew 19:26

If you were asked, ‘what is the greatest miracle of all’, what would you say? Jesus’ calming of the storm, being raised from the dead, the Red Sea parting or perhaps a breakthrough in your own life? Yet the biggest miracle of all, one which the angels of Heaven rejoice in1, is the miracle of salvation; when a person is saved from their sins, confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. Why? Because this is God’s work alone.

Jesus, in Matthew 19, is approached by a very rich man who asks what is needed to gain eternal life. Jesus begins to list some of the 10 commandments to the rich man to which his reply was, ‘I’ve obeyed all these commandments…. what else must I do?’ Jesus then said to to the rich man, ‘go and sell all your possessions and then follow Me’. The man left very despondent as he had many possessions and this teaching was hard to accept. See what Jesus was really saying, is not you have to obey this law and this law to get to Heaven. He was implying that salvation is a heart issue not a ‘works’ issue. The man clearly had his priorities in the wrong place. His assurance, his security and his ‘guarantee’ was not in God’s grace but in his wealth and in his ‘good works’.

Jesus clearly says that, actually, salvation is not something we can achieve by buying or earning our way into Heaven. It is a gift of God. Jesus adds that ‘it is impossible’ to even try to get into Heaven by doing good. The only way, is to surrender our hearts to Him; to make Him number One priority in our life and to accept His free gift of grace and mercy. With man gaining salvation is impossible but with God, everything is possible!!

1In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents. Luke 15:10