Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
August 2 Scripture Selection: Psalm 113-114
Food for Thought: Ps. 114
The earth and sea offer evidence that corroborates the accounts referred to in Psalm 114, as well as many other scriptures that document biblical events, revealing that the Bible is not a collection of mere fairy tales that could not possibly have taken place; rather, it is a dependable source that points to the one true God and His plan to save from destruction everyone who would believe in Him. Though our faith is not dependent on man offering proof of the Bible and God’s existence, the Lord has, indeed, left evidence for the doubters to find.
First, the Psalm makes reference to the Israelites (the “house of Jacob”) leaving Egypt. The account of this can be found in Exodus 12:30-41; 13:17, 18. (For the events leading up to this, you may wish to begin in the book of Genesis chapters 37 through 50 and continue through the first eleven books of Exodus to get the background story.) There is archaeological evidence that points to the fact that the Israelites, referred to as “Asiatic foreigners,” did dwell in Egypt for a time. For instance, pottery and architecture found in Egypt match those found in Canaan. Also, a tomb containing the statue depicting an Asiatic dignitary was found, but no bones were found in it—only a pit and a tunnel dug leading up to the burial chamber, which correlates with the biblical account of the removal of Joseph’s bones during the exodus of the Israelites. Artwork and other archaeological findings also seem to confirm what the Bible asserts.
Then there is the fact that “the sea saw it (the exodus of the Israelites) and fled (vs. 3),” referring to the parting of the Red Sea as documented in Exodus 14:19-29. Interestingly, there is a place at the bottom of the Red Sea where several Egyptian chariot wheels coated with barnacles and such can be found, matching the biblical account of the Egyptians being swallowed up by the sea as they pursued the Hebrews who had walked across it on dry land.
Once again the Israelites experienced a miracle when they crossed the Jordan River on dry land, which this Psalm refers to in verse three (See Joshua 3:13-17). Scripture mentions the city Adam further upstream where the water was blocked. This occurrence has been observed historically several times and has been attributed to earthquakes and mudslides, but is nonetheless providential because of the precise timing and location where the Israelites were directed to cross.
Then there is the rock that was turned “into a pool of water,” and the “flint into a fountain of waters (vs. 8). This is in reference to Exodus 17:1-6 and again in Numbers 20:1-10 when the Lord provided water to the multitude. While the exact location of the rock cannot be determined, archaeologists have found a very unusually shaped large rock matching the scriptural description with a split in it and a smooth surface that could only have been caused by a great amount of water.
While faith does not come from what one can observe with human eyes, the earth and sea do offer up evidence that confirms the events of the Bible. But even if it didn’t, it doesn’t nullify the Bible. The Bible can stand on its own, offering everything we need to really believe and receive the benefits of God. So it is far better to believe based on His Word (Rom. 10:17). Jesus told Thomas, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed (John 20:29).” Take that step and believe, and He will prove Himself to you.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):