Ever tried separating water from water – impossible isn’t it? However, the Bible records a few accounts of waters being separated from the waters.
You are probably familiar with the parting of the red sea when walls of water stood separated from one another as the Israelites led by God through his servant Moses crossed it to safety, away from the hands of their oppressors, the Egyptians (Exodus 14:21). This is recorded in Exodus 14:21.
Another account of water being separated from water is the account of the parting of the Jordan river, as the Israelites led by God’s servant Joshua, crossed it, to battle against Jericho and inherit the land that God had promised to them. The Jordan river was parted once again when Elijha and Elisha crossed it Jordan river on dry ground once to get to the other side and Elisha crosses it back on dry ground after Elijah is taken in chariots of fire (2 Kings 2:8-14).
Joshua, being the trusted aide and successor of Moses saw the miracle of the red sea being separated and this influenced his faith that God would come through as he did for Moses (Joshua 3:15-17; Joshua 4:23). But what about Moses, where did his faith come from?
With Moses not being there during the time of creation and identified as the most probable author of the first five books of the Bible (Pentatuch) including Genesis, how did he know of the creation account. One theory is that Moses would have heard the account of his forefathers, passed down generations, but Moses’s was raised as a child in the house of the Pharaoh which makes it questionable for him to have heard of his Jewish forefathers. The more scriptural reason by which Moses could have come to know of the creation account and the things he records in the books he wrote is directly from God. The Bible says that God confides with those who fear him (Psalm 25:14) and the Bible states that God spoke with Moses face to face as a man would speak with his friend (Exodus 33:11).
Genesis 1:6 records that God in his creation account separated the waters from the waters and made the firmament (sky) between the waters. Moses spoke with the God who made the impossible possible and so when he had the Egyptians gaining on him and God’s people from the back and the red sea in the front, he must have known that the God is the same, yesterday, today and forever and nothing is impossible with him – including separating water from water. As he stretched forth his hands over his problem (sea), the miracle of waters being separated from water happens and the Israelites pass through to safety.
Points to ponder:
When you think that the problems of your life surround you like a flood, you can trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses, that he can separate your problems and make you pass through your problems. Are you his friend and do you fear him, for he confides with those who fear him and speaks with his friends, face to face. Nothing is impossible with God.
Exodus 14:21 (KJV)
21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
Joshua 3:15-17 (KJV)
15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)
16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.
17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.
Joshua 4:23-24 (KJV)
23 For the Lord your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over:
24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever.
Genesis 1:6 (KJV)
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.