God Parts the Waters and Leads Israel Across the Seabed
When Moses parted the waters of the Red Sea to facilitate the escape of the Israelites from Egypt, he structured an event whose allegorical meaning would reverberate for all time. Transcending Moses, the parted waters pointed to Christ and to His rescue of the people of God.
The waters that Jesus parted were those that comprised the elemental construction of creation itself. The lower waters. He parted those waters and made the seabed a road for the redeemed to walk across.
"They are choosing to forget that there were heavens at the beginning and that the earth was formed by the word of God out of water and between the waters..." (2 Peter
The earth is the dry land scripture talks about, and it was formed out of water, just as Peter wrote. "He turned the Sea into dry land, they crossed the river on foot!" (Ps.66:6)
And, not only was it formed 'out of water', but also 'between the waters'. God parted the waters so that the earth could appear between them. The image is that of a planet hanging in space. Obviously the 'waters' of creation have a different composition than our oceans, but there is enough similarity between them that God has chosen to define the allegory on them.
Jesus did not rescue God's people by transporting them across a few hundred miles of desert sand, He needed to transport them out of the waters beneath the vault, i.e., out of the lower sea, a journey that crosses the entire universe, and out of it; then across the middle heaven (the vault) and beyond even that; all the way to a place the Book of Genesis calls the 'waters above the vault'.
The vault, the Book of Genesis says, is heaven. The waters above the vault is the 'third heaven' forseen by Paul.
"Where water had been, dry land was seen to rise, the Red Sea became an unimpedd way. sheltered by your and, the whole nation passed across, bazing at these amazing miracles." (Wis.19:6+)
Two images, both based on water serve to -- but by the same word, the present sky and earth are destined for fire, and are only being reserved until judgment day so that all sinners may be destroyed." (2 Peter
1. Passover, the Exodus of the House of Israel
2. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 29, 'Atonement & Grace'
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