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Moses and the Parting of the Red Sea.

September 27, 2010

John Allan

It was big news this past week: some researchers believe they have unearthed a natural explanation for the parting of the Red Sea recorded in Exodus 14. Through the use of computer models they found that an east wind blowing at 63 miles-per-hour for 12 hours straight could have created the conditions necessary for people to pass on dry land.

Sounds exciting, right? After all, the Bible even mentions God using “a strong east wind” (Exodus 14:22) in connection with the Red Sea parting. So, what are we to make of this? I suspect most will have one of three general responses:

 1.) Some will conclude that God used natural laws to part the Red Sea (non-miraculous providence instead of a miracle).

 2.) Some will conclude that the Red Sea crossing has a scientific explanation and there is no need to believe that a higher power was involved in any way.

 3.) Some will conclude that the researchers have not found the explanation.

Before you make your conclusion consider the following:

The Exodus account has the water parting when Moses lifted up his rod and stretched out his hand over the sea (Exodus 14:16, 21) and the water returning when Moses stretched his hand over the sea on the other side (Exodus 14:26-28). Does that sound like a natural occurrence to you? If the parting of the Red Sea is to be explained through purely scientific means then Moses had no impact at all, he was simply in the right place at the right time. This does not harmonize with the Bible.

Significantly, the computer model parted a portion of the Nile delta; not the Red Sea. Researchers ruled out the Red Sea because its north-to-south flow could not be parted by the east wind in their model. In other words, if this model were the explanation for Israel crossing the Red Sea on dry land they did not cross the Red Sea at all! Again, this is inconsistent with the Bible.

It is not new for scholars to try to debunk supernatural events in the Bible with natural explanations. If they can do so they discredit the Bible and therefore also discredit the God of the Bible. Our belief in the Bible as the inspired word of God must prompt us to reject explanations that do not harmonize with it.

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How old is the Earth?

July 20, 2009

John Allan

Robert Berch

Beginning with history…

The Kurkh Monolith lists the battle of Ahab (1 Kings 16:29) to be 853-852 B.C. So we begin with that date.

The reign of Solomon (40 years – 1 Kings 11:42) can be dated at 971-931 B.C. According to 1 Kings 6:1, 480 years before Solomon’s fourth year of reign (967-966 B.C.), Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt. The date of the Exodus is 1446/1445 B.C.

To this date we add the years of sojourn in Egypt (430 years, Exodus 12:40), producing the date of 1876 B.C. as the year Jacob entered Egypt. Interestingly, the Bible records Pharaoh’s query of Jacob’s age (and Jacob’s answer – 130 years) in Genesis 47:8-9. This would make the year of Jacob’s birth 2006 B.C.

Isaac’s age at Jacob’s birth was 60 years (Genesis 25:26). Abraham was 100 years old when he begat Isaac, giving the date of 2166 B.C. for Abraham’s birth (Genesis 21:5). According to Genesis 12:4, Abraham was 75 when he left Haran, presumably after Terah died at 205 years; thus, Abraham was born when Terah was 130 years old. So, the birth date of Abraham is around 2166 B.C.

Now we go to the beginning of creation and work towards Abraham.

Creation to Abraham

  • Creation to Seth (Gen. 5:3) – 130
  • Seth to Enos (5:6) – 105
  • Enos to Cainan (5:9) – 90
  • Cainan to Mahalaleel (5:12) – 70
  • Mahalaleel to Jared (5:15) – 65
  • Jared to Enoch (5:18) – 162
  • Enoch to Methuselah (5:21) – 65
  • Methuselah to Lamech (5:25) – 187
  • Lamech to Noah (5:28-29) – 182
  • Noah to the flood (7:6) – 600
  • Flood (6-8) – <1
  • Arphaxad’s birth after the flood (11:1) – 2
  • Arphaxad to Selah (11:12) – 35
  • Selah to Eber (11:14) – 30
  • Eber to Peleg (11:16) – 43
  • Peleg to Reu (11:18) – 30
  • Reu to Serug (11:20) – 32
  • Serug to Nahor (11:22) – 30
  • Nahor to Terah (11:24) – 29
  • Terah to Abram (12:4; 11:32) – 130

Adam to Abram – 2,018
Abram to Christ – 2,166
Christ to Present – 2,011
Age of the earth: Approximately 6,000 years old

Even if we missed a year or two here or there (or even a millennia or two), the earth is still between 6 – 10,000 years old; a distant figure to what evolutionists proclaim today (4.6 BILLION years old!).

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