God had sent him to lead his people out of Egypt and back to the Promised Land. And, until now, things were going pretty well. Pharaoh finally let Moses and his people go. The Egyptians were so glad to see them leave, they piled their wagons and carts with treasures of silver and gold. And God himself was leading the way to the Promised Land as a great cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
But now Moses was standing on the shores of the Red Sea.
Behind him was the great multitude of Gods people.
And behind THEM was the roar of Pharaohs army, charging at them in a thundering cloud of sand and dust.
Pharaoh had changed his mind, and he was coming to take the Israelites back into slavery in Egypt.
God's people were trapped between the Red Sea and Pharaoh and his army!
What was Moses going to do?!
Well, God had a plan. God ALWAYS has a plan. In fact, nothing happens in this world that ISNT part of Gods plan!
Once again, God raised his mighty arm.
He made a great wind come up to dry a path right through the middle of the sea. A great wall of water was on their right, and a great wall of water was on their left - but the Israelites walked right through the middle on dry ground!
When the last foot of the last old man of Gods people stepped onto the shore on the opposite side (he was walking kind of slow - and he wasnt in all that a big a hurry - this was something you dont see every day!), God made the walls of water came crashing down on Pharaoh and his army.
The mighty Pharaoh, and all his chariots, horse and rider, were tossed into the sea.
It was an awesome miracle of God.
A few thousand years later, someone would make a great movie about it, with all sorts of spectacular special effects. But the real thing was much more spectacular than any movie could ever be!
After they were all safely across the sea, Moses led the Israelites on - straight into the desert!
Now, the desert is not exactly the place you would want to take a bunch of people for lunch. It wasnt like there was a Dairy Queen, or a Pizza Hut, or even a McDonalds every ten miles! Just think if there WERE a McDonalds up ahead - and you pulled in just after the Israelites...
Youd be at the end of a line over a million people long. Yikes!!
You probably couldnt even SEE the McDonald's, youd be so far away! And WAY up ahead, some kid would be changing the sign out front.
That morning it said;
Over Three People Served!
Over One Million served.
There was a prophet named Elisha.
God had chosen him to tell the people about the things of heaven. And so one day Elisha invited one hundred of his closest friends over to teach them all that he knew.
God decided to provide a visual aid.
He was going to show Elishas guests that everything Elisha was teaching them about him was true.
It just so happened that there was another famine in the land. It was too dry for much to grow, and there wasnt a lot of food to be had. And Elisha had a hundred guests to feed!
How in the world are we going to feed all these people?! Elishas poor, frazzled servant said to him.
Elisha said, There is a man here who has twenty loaves of bread and some grain. That will be enough.
For a hundred people??!!! Elishas servant fretted. And where are we going to find enough plates?!!
With God, all things are possible, Elisha calmly said. We will see what God can do. He has promised that we shall eat, and that we will have more than enough left over... and, what are plates??!!
So Elishas servant took the twenty loaves of bread and began to hand them out to their guests.
The more he handed out, the more there was to hand out!
He kept handing out bread, and handing out bread. Elishas guests kept eating and eating - until everyone was full!
And even then, there was more left over.
What amazing things only God can do!