by William Worrell
We’ve all heard the story of Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. Yet it’s almost overwhelming, when you consider the account from a logistical point of view.
Moses and the people were in the desert, but what was he going to do with them? I mean here’s this guy and he’s suppose to care for and lead an entire nation—across a desert—from that period’s equivalent of today’s United States military. That’s a mighty tall order even for Moses. Let’s consider, logistically, precisely what Moses had to do in order to accomplish his mission.
First consideration: they had to be fed, and feeding 2 or 3 million people requires a lot of food. According to the Quartermaster General in the Army, it is reported that Moses would have to have had 1500 tons of food each day. Do you know that to bring that much food each day, two freight trains, each at least a mile long, would be required! Staggering figures? It gets better!
And you must remember, they were out in the desert, so they would have to have firewood to use in cooking the food. This would take 4000 tons of wood and a few more freight trains, each a mile long, just for one day.
And just think, they were forty years in transit.
And Oh yes! Besides the food, they would have to have water. If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would take 11,000,000 gallons each day and a freight train with tank cars, 1800 miles long, just to bring water!
OK, let’s say we have the food and water problem under control. There is still one more thing: Escape!
First, they had to get across the Red Sea, at night. Now, if they went on a narrow path, double file, the line would be 800 miles long and would require 35 days and nights to get through. So, there had to be a space in the Red Sea, 3 miles wide so that they could walk 5000 abreast to get over in one night.
But then, there is still another problem. Each time they camped at the end of the day, a campground two-thirds the size of the state of Rhode Island was required, or a total of 750 square miles long—think of it! All this space for camping!
Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left Egypt? I think not! You see, Moses believed in God. God took care of these things for him.
Now do you think God has any problem taking care of all your needs?
I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for you today. To guide you and protect you as you go along your way… His love is always with you, His promises are true, And, when we give Him all our cares, You know He will see us through.
Our God is an Awesome God!! So, when the road you’re traveling on seems difficult at best, just remember I’m praying, and God will do the rest.