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  • Michele Rousseau

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    April 15, 2021 at 6:43 am

    I was studying Genesis 1 verse 2. I was focusing on the Holy Spirit, and I suddenly had a thought of the Red Sea parting. Maybe I’m late in recognizing a similarity in this verse and the Red Sea parting event. Could it be that the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim in Hebrew or “Breath of God” also “Wind of God”) was doing the same act over the Red Sea as the act over the waters of the Earth during the Creation?

  • Deborah Hurn

    Member
    April 15, 2021 at 8:14 am

    Hi Michele. There are certainly echoes and parallels between the Creation account and the Passover week and probably all the deliverance stories of the Bible have similarities. But the ‘mechanism’ for these land-drying events is different. In the Creation account, when the dry land appears and the oceans form, it is unlikely to refer to a wind that blows the water away. This has to settle as the new norm, so if you accept the Creation story as history (and even if you don’t) this must be describing some kind of major tectonic action that raises the landforms which then become dry, and sinking the ocean basins. The wind of the Red Sea crossing blew all night, and (it seems) blew water away from the crossing site so that the people could cross. This is the wind setdown effect that Sir Colin Humphreys @colin-humphreys has explained in his Miracles of the Exodus and elsewhere.

    • Michele Rousseau

      Member
      April 16, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      Deborah

      Hello! Thank you for responding with your insights. I saw your response much earlier today, and I wanted to think more about what you shared. However, I just happened to be watching Red Sea Miracle II tonight because I recently purchased it to view it again, and probably again! As I was watching, I saw you on the screen being interviewed by Timothy Mahoney. What a timely surprise! Interestingly, you were speaking partially about factors related to my question! So, I paused the DVD to respond and thank you. I am very fascinated with the Red Sea event, so I really appreciate your input. I will be thinking more about your response and pursue more land and sea parallels to the Red Sea and Genesis 1:2 in the Bible. Your 12 years of study about the Red Sea is quite a commitment. I appreciate your work in exploring this event. Thank you again.

      • Deborah Hurn

        Member
        April 17, 2021 at 9:05 am

        Michele, have you seen April’s focus videos on the Red Sea miracle?

        https://historicalfaithsociety.com/focus/

        There will be something on the wind-setdown effect at the end of the month. I expect it will include Tim’s interviews with Prof Colin Humphreys, where he explains the physics of what sustained wind can do to water bodies, and what happens when the wind stops. This process seems to be what the Exodus 14 narrative is describing. Sir Colin applies his wind-setdown model of the Red Sea crossing to the Southern Arabah just north of the Aqaba Gulf, but I think it works better in the Bitter Lakes region north of the Suez Gulf. The wind would be the strong hot SE wind רוח הקדים “wind of the east” from the Arabian Peninsula, now known as the hamsin (or khamsin), that blows in the transitional seasons (spring, autumn) and can suddenly switch with the prevailing NW wind off the Med Sea רוח־ים “wind of the sea”. Both winds were involved, the former in bringing the plague of locusts into Egypt and the latter in blowing them out again “to the Red Sea”:

        Exo_10:13  So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night; when morning came, the east wind had brought the locusts.
        Exo_10:19 The LORD changed the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea; not a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt.

        Focus

  • Michele Rousseau

    Member
    April 21, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Hello Deborah, I just finished watching the “chariots on the Red Sea floor” interview of Timothy Mahoney. I’ll watch out for the “wind” featured interviews. Truly fascinating.

  • Michele Rousseau

    Member
    July 4, 2021 at 10:48 am

    I have to add that I am so thankful to have been looking at the writings of the Bible from a new lense of the Red Sea miracle and the plagues. I did not really “zoom in” on how much of the narratives and poetic writings mention the events of the wonders that God performed in Egypt!

    I am so thankful to be part of this community.

    Thank you, Deborah Hurn, for your clarification about narrative vs. poetic writings in the Bible.

    I just want to end with this particular passage from the Psalms:

    “Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders; they did not remember the multitude of Your mercies, but rebelled by the sea – the Red Sea. Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake, that He might make His mighty power known. He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it dried up; so He led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. He saved them from the hand of him who hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. The waters covered their enemies; there was not one of them left. Then they believed His words; they sang His praise.” (Psalm 106: 7-12)

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