As I read 2 Kings 2 and was amazed over God parting the Jordan River for Elijah and Elisha, I began to wonder how many times the Lord parted waters on behalf of His people.
There are 5 recorded times when God divided bodies of water in the Scriptures. (Genesis 1:6-7, Exodus 14:15-22, Joshua 3:15-17, 4:1-18, 2 Kings 2:5-9, and 2 Kings 2:12-15). The two mentioned bodies of water include the Red Sea and the Jordan River.
The Red Sea, also known as Yam Suph, is 1,400 miles long and 261 miles long at its widest point. The average depth is 1,610 feet with the max depth of 7,254 feet. (http://justfunfacts.com/interesting-facts-about-the-red-sea/)
The National Science Foundation explains, The Red Sea is one of the few places on Earth that has what is known as a poleward-flowing eastern boundary current… But the Red Sea Eastern Boundary Current, unlike all others, flows in the direction of the North Pole. (https://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/feature/mysteries-of-the-red-sea/)
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. - Exodus 14:21 (NKJV)
The Jordan River, also known as Yarden, means to “descend” or “flow down.” (https://www.thattheworldmayknow.com/jordan-river) The river is 50-75 feet in width.
The Jordan River is fed by headwaters that start near the base of Mount Hermon, on what is now the Syria-Lebanon border. After descending into the Sea of Galilee, it continues south to the Dead Sea. (https://www.bibleodyssey.org/en/tools/map-gallery/j/map-jordan-river)
Then Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the water, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of them could go over on dry ground. - 2 Kings 2:8 (ESV)
So what we have is not only two bodies of water where miracles were performed, we have two unexplainable acts of God. This taught me three lessons.
When God works it is Undeniable
The Red Sea flows from north to south and the Jordan River flows from south to north. Moses and the Israelites would have been coming from the west (Egypt) to the east (Promised Land). Those crossing the Jordan went from east to west and west to east. This is a HUGE deal because the Lord not only divided the waters, He cut them in half against the direction in which they flowed. No scientific explanation could explain this phenomenon.
We want the Dry Ground, but not the Sea
It is so easy to desire to watch the Lord work in amazing ways, but the people of God in the Bible had to experience the barriers of the water in order to walk on the dry ground. Trials and tribulations are often the set up for the miracles of God. When the waters block our paths, we might want to accept defeat, but we know Who to call upon to provide a way. We must always remember that His ways are better than our ways. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Walking on the Dry Ground becomes the Miracle
Every day our great God is parting obstacles so that we can fulfill our callings as His sons and daughters. He is miraculous because He is I Am and He invites us to be a part of His work by making a way of dry ground. When we call on His name, He empowers us to walk through the extraordinary in our every day and that becomes the miracle in and of itself.
Whatever barrier you see in front of your path today, remember God who parts the waters. He can help you walk through whatever lies ahead. With His help, He can give you dry ground. Call on His name and He will answer, maybe not in the ways we expect, but we can rest assured that He will do extraordinary things.