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Escape Through the Red Sea

When word reached the king of Egypt that the Israelites had fled,
Pharaoh harnessed his chariot and called up his troops. The Egyptians then
chased after the Israelites and caught up with them as they were camped
beside the shores of the Red Sea.
As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked.
But Moses told the people, Dont be afraid. Just stand still and watch the
Lord rescue you today
Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a
path through the water. the people of Israel walked through the middle of
the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side!
When all the Israelites had reached the other side, Moses raised his
hand over the sea, and the water rushed back into its usual place. The
Egyptians tried to escape, but the Lord swept them into the sea.

A Donkey Speaks
Balak, who was king of Moab at that time, sent messengers to summon
Balaam. Balak said: A people has come out of Egypt; they cover the face of
the land and have settled next to me. Now come and put a curse on these
people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to
defeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you
bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed.
God said to Balaam, Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on
those people, because they are blessed. But Balaam got up in the
morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials.
God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in
the road to oppose him. The angel stood in a narrow place where there
was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left.

When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under
Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. Then the Lord
opened the donkeys mouth, and it said to Balaam, What have I done to
you to make you beat me these three times?
Then the Lord opened Balaams eyes, and he saw the angel of the
Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell

The Oil is Multiplied

One day a widow came to Elisha and cried out, My husband, a prophet
who served God, is dead, and now a creditor has come, threatening to take
my two sons as slaves.
What can I do to help you? Elisha asked. Tell me, what do you have in
the house?
Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil, she replied.
Elisha said, Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and
neighbors. Then pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one
aside when it is filled.
So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled
one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim!
When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, Now
sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what
is left over.

The Floating Ax Head

One day the group of prophets came to Elisha and told him, As you can
see, this place where we meet with you is too small. Lets go down to the
Jordan River, where there are plenty of logs. There we can build a new
place for us to meet.
All right, he told them, go ahead.
When they arrived at the Jordan, they began cutting down trees. But as
one of them was cutting a tree, his ax head fell into the river. Oh, sir! he
cried. It was a borrowed ax!
Where did it fall? Elisha asked. When he showed him the place, Elisha
cut a stick and threw it into the water at that spot. Then the ax head
floated to the surface. Grab it, Elisha said. And the man reached out and
grabbed it.

Hezekiahs Sickness and Recovery

King Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah gave the king this
message: This is what the Lord says: Set your affairs in order, for you are
going to die. You will not recover from this illness. When Hezekiah heard this,
he prayed.
Before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard, this message came to him from
the Lord: Go back to Hezekiah. Tell him, I have heard your prayer and seen
your tears. I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed
and go to the Temple of the Lord.
Hezekiah said to Isaiah, What sign will the Lord give to prove that he will
heal me?
Isaiah replied, This is the sign from the Lord to prove that he will do as he
promised. Would you like the shadow on the sundial to go forward ten steps
or backward ten steps?

The shadow always moves forward, Hezekiah replied, so that would be

easy. Make it go ten steps backward instead. So Isaiah the prophet asked
the Lord to do this, and God caused the shadow to move ten steps
backward on the sundial.

Daniel Interprets King Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

One night, Nebuchadnezzar had such disturbing dreams that he
couldnt sleep. He called in his magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and
astrologers, and he demanded that they tell him what he had dreamed.
The men replied, The kings demand is impossible. No one except the
gods can tell you your dream, and they do not live here among people.
The king was furious when he heard this, and he ordered that all the wise
men of Babylon be executed.
Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and
Azariah what had happened. He urged them to ask God to show them his
mercy by telling them the dream and its meaning, so they would not be
executed along with the other wise men of Babylon. That night God
revealed the dream and its interpretation to Daniel in a vision.

Daniel in the Lions Den

Because of Daniels great ability, the king made plans to place him over the
entire empire. The other leaders were jealous, so they went to the king and
said, Give orders that for the next thirty days any person who prays to
anyone, divine or humanexcept to you, Your Majestywill be thrown into
the den of lions. King Darius liked this order and so signed the law.
When Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and
knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward
Jerusalem. He prayed just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.
The officials went together to Daniels house and saw him praying. Then
they told the king, That man Daniel, one of the captives from Judah, is
ignoring you and your law. He still prays to his God three times a day.
The king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of
lions. The king said to him, May your God, whom you serve so faithfully,
rescue you.

Very early the next morning, the king got up and hurried out to the
lions den. When he got there, he called out, Daniel, servant of the
living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue
you from the lions?
Daniel answered, Long live the king! My God sent his angel to shut
the lions mouths so that they would not hurt me.
The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the
den. Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.

Art courtesy of Didier Martin. Used by permission.

Compiled by Text adapted from the Bible (NLT)