January 30, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

January 30: Matthew 4, Exodus 13, Exodus 14 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Matthew 4 tells of Jesus being led into the wilderness and be tempted of Satan as he fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. Jesus combated Satan with scripture, but Satan could quote scripture too. In the end Satan left him and Jesus began his ministry and called his first disciples.

In Exodus 13 the feast of unleavened bread is formulated and the consecrating of the firstborn to the LORD. The Hebrews have escaped from Egypt, and a proposed route is suggested.

Exodus 14 then tells of the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea and how the pursuing Egyptian army drowned.

Exodus 14, the crossing of the Red Sea.

Exodus 14, the crossing of the Red Sea.

Yes, this route seems confusing, and Pharaoh thought so too.

From a map from the building of the Suez Canal some of names are mentioned.

This route is less glorious than the Hollywood production, but closer to what Scripture says.

As a child I was fascinated by this etching by Gustave Doré, the traditional crossing of the Red Sea. Feel free to imagine whichever version is true, God shows His greatness many ways.