The Exodus didn’t happen. The Exodus is true. – Exodus 14:19-31


In this episode, we talk about…

  • this month our theme is “back to basics” of Christianity and of queer theology
  • “The First Crack”
  • how one of Brian’s religion professors (a rabbi) was pivotal in changing his understanding of the Bible (and this passage specifically)
  • what are assumptions you’ve made about “what the Bible says” or “what it means to be a person of faith”
  • if you want to dive deeper into these types of questions, you’re invited to join Sanctuary Collective
  • “Didn’t literally, historically happen” does not mean “Not true, has no meaning”
  • What does the Bible purport to be? and who is it for?
  • What we see about God and God’s people in this passage
  • Seeking to understand what this passage tells us about the heart of God is more important (and more interesting!) trying to find a scientific explanation to “prove” that it might have historically happened, just as written
  • How does this passage from Exodus continue to resonate with us today?
  • Join us in Sanctuary Collective to explore and grow together

Read the transcript (PDF)

Exodus 14:19-31

God’s messenger, who had been in front of Israel’s camp, moved and went behind them. The column of cloud moved from the front and took its place behind them. It stood between Egypt’s camp and Israel’s camp. The cloud remained there, and when darkness fell it lit up the night. They didn’t come near each other all night.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord pushed the sea back by a strong east wind all night, turning the sea into dry land. The waters were split into two. The Israelites walked into the sea on dry ground. The waters formed a wall for them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians chased them and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and cavalry. As morning approached, the Lord looked down on the Egyptian camp from the column of lightning and cloud and threw the Egyptian camp into a panic. The Lord jammed their chariot wheels so that they wouldn’t turn easily. The Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites, because the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt!”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the water comes back and covers the Egyptians, their chariots, and their cavalry.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. At daybreak, the sea returned to its normal depth. The Egyptians were driving toward it, and the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the cavalry, Pharaoh’s entire army that had followed them into the sea. Not one of them remained. The Israelites, however, walked on dry ground through the sea. The waters formed a wall for them on their right hand and on their left.

The Lord rescued Israel from the Egyptians that day. Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the amazing power of the Lord against the Egyptians. The people were in awe of the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

This article was published by Brian Murphy