In Exodus 14, the Israelites were on their way out of Egypt when they came upon a considerable road block: the Red Sea. As the Egyptian army approached to either return the Israelites to slavery or to massacre them, the people began to panic. Moses did the only sensible thing–he prayed–and God told him what to do.
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.
God sent the east wind to drive back the water and provide a path for His people.
In Matthew 14, Jesus was walking on the water, and Peter bravely called out to Him, “Lord, if it is you, tell me to come to you on the water.”
Jesus’ reply was terse, “Come.” Peter’s response was legendary:
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Peter walked on the water, even if momentarily. Moses and the children of Israel walked through water.
For the Israelites, God used the wind to make a way. For Peter, Jesus used the man himself.
This is part of the beauty of the new covenant that we have entered into through Jesus: it’s better than the first.
In the first covenant, miracles happened around God’s people. In the second covenant, miracles happen in and through God’s people.
We may never walk on water, but God wants us to be vessels for the miraculous.
Not so that we get the “high” of the metaphorical stroll upon the waves but so we can be used to help others experience the greatest miracle of all: a new life through Christ.
For further study, read Exodus 34:29-35 and 2 Corinthians 3.