The name “Red Sea” is not simply an attempt to be unique or cool. It is a metaphor. A metaphor of the power of God to deliver His people from slavery to promised, yet undeserved, blessings.
The Ancient Story is Our Story
The Ancient Story The Red Sea is part of the miraculous deliverance that the nation of Israel received from the bondage of slavery in Egypt by the power of God. A long time ago, Moses and the Israelites fled from slavery in Egypt. During this journey to the Promised Land, they found themselves trapped between a charging enemy and the Red Sea. A supernatural act was needed in order to deliver God's people from destruction. In a beautiful display of power, God created an awesome wind that separated the Red Sea. He led them safely onto a pathway of hope and instilled new life into the hearts of His people. It was the beginning of a journey to the Promised Land.
“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” - Exodus 14.26
What was Moses’ and the Israelite’s part in this miraculous deliverance? Simply faith expressing itself in action.
“By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as if on dry land…” – Hebrews 11:29
Today we believe that God is moving powerfully through a "new" Red Sea. God's supernatural power is not moving a body of water this time but the hearts of men, women, and children to salvation. This story of deliverance and reconciliation is expressed in the name Red Sea but this time "the body" is in the form of a church. We live and share the story of reconciliation to the Father through the blood of Christ. Our neighbors are facing destruction at the hand of the enemy. Now is the time for God to use His people as a vessel of freedom among the oppressed slaves of Portland, and beyond.
Jesus announced: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” - Luke 4:18-19
Paul explained: "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." - 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
What is our part in this miraculous deliverance? Simply faith expressing itself in action.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." – Ephesians 2:8-10
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." – Romans 12:1
An Observation and Expectation
When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea (i.e. a large body of water), they did so on “dry ground” (Exodus 14:26, Hebrews 11:29). They did not trek through the mud or muck, but we can imagine that each foot step resulted in a small cloud of dust. The point? God does not do a mediocre job of deliverance. In fact, He exceeds what we could imagine or expect on our own.
"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." – Ephesians 3:20-21