My Review of Patterns of Evidence: The Red Sea Miracle II


   It’s a story many of us are quite familiar with. The Israelites were slaves in Egypt, laboring under the heavy hand of Pharaoh and the whips of cruel taskmasters. Then God raised up Moses to lead His people out of slavery. After a series of plagues, Pharaoh agreed to let the Hebrews go. But then he changed his mind. His army set out in their chariots after them, and the Israelites found themselves trapped between the Egyptian army and a body of water. With nowhere to go, the people began to panic and turn against Moses for leading them there. But the Bible tells us that God split the sea and the Israelites crossed through on dry land. The Egyptian army took off after the Hebrews, but the waters closed in on them, burying the soldiers, horses, and chariots in the sea. God saved His people that day. 
   This isn’t just a fantasy or fairy tale. The Biblical record is a reliable historical account of something that really happened. I’ve always believed this. But where did the Israelites cross the Red Sea? Or was it even the Red Sea? Should the Hebrew “Yam Suph” actually be translated differently? I have to admit I hadn’t really considered these questions before watching the Patterns of Evidence documentaries made by Timothy Mahoney. 
   The most recent installment in the series: The Red Sea Miracle II explores where the crossing took place—was it in the depths of the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba or a shallower lake in Egypt?—and whether it was a mighty miracle of epic proportions or something explained by natural causes such as wind. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. 
   It’s a combination of interviews with leading scholars and other people whose life and work connected with the movie in some way, re-enactments of the Biblical story, stunning special effects, on-location filming in Israel, Egypt, and other countries, and excellent narration.
   The film did an excellent job of seeking to find out what the Bible really says and also exploring the archaeological and other historical evidence. It represented all sides of the arguments—those who believe in a deep sea crossing by a supernatural miracle, those who believe in a shallow water crossing explained naturalistically, and those who fall somewhere in between. 
   I personally came away freshly inspired by the fact that God did do a mighty miracle for the Israelites, and He still does miracles today. It’s easy to become so familiar with Biblical history that you lose the wonder of it. Watching these documentaries has rekindled that conviction in me that real history, and especially the history in the Bible, is truly spectacular. I enjoy an epic fantasy story like The Lord of the Rings. But I’ve come to see that these stories—these true stories—are far more amazing than even an incredible work of fiction like Tolkien’s (and I think J. R. R. Tolkien would agree with me. As a little side note, both  J. R. R. Tolkien and one of my personal favorite authors, C. S. Lewis, are portrayed in the movie talking about miracles and their fantasy works.) After all, history is a story written by God Himself. 
   Overall, I give Patterns of Evidence: The Red Sea Miracle II five out of five stars and highly recommend it. 
   I also highly recommend watching The Red Sea Miracle I and the other Patterns of Evidence films: The Moses Controversy and The Exodus. These explore the questions—When did the Exodus take place? How many Hebrews were there who left Egypt? Did Moses write the first five books of the Bible? When and how was the Hebrew language invented?—and more.
   Well, always remember, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it,” (1 Thess. 5:24).
All for Him,
Savannah Jane


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