Beth Moore is considered by most evangelicals I speak with to be one of the “good ones”. While I will concede that her false teaching isn’t as obvious as some I have addressed in this series, it is no less dangerous. I listened very carefully to a sermon of hers (which you can find HERE) on the Crossing of the Red Sea and she teaches an error similar to other celebrity preachers.
The idea is this, the story of the Israelite’s crossing the Red Sea is actually just about you! It was written by Moses thousands of years ago as type and shadow pointing to your personal life and struggles. Afterall, who would think something crazy like the Bible being about Jesus or something? No it’s totally about you.
What many, including Beth Moore, teach is that when trials in life strike you are supposed to remain “still” in faith like the Isrealites at the Red Sea. It doesn’t matter how bad it is, even if it’s cancer or something. Just stand firm in faith that you will be healed or delivered and it will happen. If you are not healed or delivered from your trials, well that of course means that you don’t have enough faith to stand in and are probably going to hell. So buck up and get it right.
To her credit, Beth Moore doesn’t take it quite that far. What I presented above is however an accurate representation of typical Charismatic/ Pentacostal theology. Keep in mind though, she does use the same framework to twist the passage that the Charismatics do, she just stops right before arriving at those conclusions.
Let’s take a look at the passage in question and see if that is what it is actually teaching.
Correct me if I am wrong, but it looks like Moses was talking to a specific group of people. Even if you try to draw it out to believers in general, notice that he identifies those being spoken to as individuals who actually saw literal Ancient Egyptians in the past 24 hours. There is no getting around this, the nature of this blessing is very specific and doesn’t apply at all to anyone living today.
Don’t believe me? Read the rest of the chapter, notice that Moses doesn’t expound or extrapolate on this. He doesn’t explain any deeper or how the experience can or will apply in the future. It’s really a one time event recorded in the Biblical Historical Narrative. To glean anything prescriptive out of this requires eisegesis (reading into the text).
This doesn’t mean we can’t learn anything about Jesus in the passage. Rather than apply what we do is receive, what do I mean by that? Well to figure this one out we need to cross reference with the New Testament.
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39 KJV
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27 KJV
The above two passages are pretty straight forward, they are prooftexts I use quite often to present to the reader that we should expect the Bible to be about Jesus. This is something I go into greater depth to prove HERE. But if you’re already in agreement with that feel free to move on.
Above we see that the passage of Israel through the sea was something that points typologically to Baptism. But as such things are, the antitype always supercedes the preceding type.
Antitype: “Something that is foreshadowed by a type or symbol, as a New Testament event prefigured in the Old Testament.” –Dictionary.com
In this case our type/shadow depicts Israel about to be destroyed by the Egyptian Army. They have nowhere to go, and in their lineage contains the promised seed of the Messiah. If they don’t make it out of this mess not only will they die in their sins but all of humanity along with them.
Likewise, in our New Covenant antitype fulfillment, we receive Christ himself as his death burial and resurrection is poured out upon us. In this we drown in the waters of baptism. Instead of a mere Egyptian Army being washed away it is our sins. The antitype is much greater than the type. A Human army could possibly be defeated with another, but we can never escape our sins without Christ washing them away.
Did notice how I definitively interpreted that passage with the New Testament? This is what we are supposed to do. The New Testament is the fullest Revelation given by God to man. If someone is interpreting the narratives through the lens of their own life instead of through the New Testament, then they are essentially claiming superiority to Christ. The Bible is about Jesus, not you and me.