The Crossing of the Red Sea and Baptism: It’s NOT about water!

by Joshua Tilghman on November 12, 2012


7429036760 6de4cca2ce 300x187 The Crossing of the Red Sea and Baptism: It’s NOT about water!You may be wondering why I am going to link baptism with the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. The answer is because both the Red Sea crossing and baptism represent one and the same thing, each of which has nothing to do with literal water.

The scripture makes this clear, and to try and say that the Bible actually supports dunking your body in water in order to bury the lower / sin nature of man is incorrect. Being dunked in water doesn’t change you. It can’t get rid of the sin nature. It simply makes you wet and is no different than swimming or taking a bath.

So did the Biblical authors have something else in mind when they spoke of baptism? Absolutely! They are speaking of something that truly has the power to renew your mind. Baptism actually represents a holy act that harbors and manifests the Christ nature within you!

In order to illustrate the above truth for you, let’s start with the Apostle Paul’s comment on the Red Sea crossing and how it relates to baptism. He states:

“…our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea” (1 Cor. 10:1-2).

In the above verse, Paul clearly links baptism with the Red Sea crossing. But what’s Paul talking about? Traditionally, the church has taught that Paul thought of this event as God foreshadowing what was to come for the church, and that literal baptism is now part of God’s commandment. But the Israelites remained dry as they crossed the sea. Likewise, being dunked, sprinkled, or submerged in actual water is not the true meaning of baptism, even in the New Testament.

There is only one true way to become the new creature when the mind is transformed and renewed, and it is the same holy act that has been practiced by ancient cultures from around the world. That act is meditation.

Baptism is meditation. It’s that simple. And it’s for this reason that Paul is able to link the Red Sea crossing with baptism. Let’s review the details.

In recalling the story of the Exodus we see the Israelites camped by the sea when the Egyptians suddenly arrive on the horizon. God had hardened pharaoh’s heart once again and he was coming to destroy them. When the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians coming, they became afraid and started complaining. Moses’ then gives the Israelites a command. The scripture states:

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord…The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14:13-14).

Keep in mind that Moses is commanding the Israelites to stand still even as they are supposed to be walking across the Red Sea floor!

This aspect of standing still and holding our peace is the very act of meditation itself. This is the way to salvation!

The Psalmist reiterates this truth much later when he states:

“Be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10).

Can it be any plainer? The Bible is not a literal book. It’s a profound spiritual tool that teaches us how to transform individual consciousness.

But there’s more to this story, so let’s consider the verse directly before Moses tells the Israelites to stand still. This one deals with the complaining of the Israelites when they see the Egyptians coming. They state:

“Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness” (Exodus 14:12).

It is certainly easier to serve the ego than it is to crucify it. The Israelites were not ready to begin to metaphorically die in the wilderness.

By the way, the wilderness experience is synonymous with meditation, for to go into the wilderness is to stay in meditation. And that’s how we die metaphorically. We can be said to die because the old mind (ego) is laid to rest and the new mind rises from the act of meditation.

Now you may understand Jesus when he said:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5).

Think! Jesus said the Kingdom of God is within you! If this is so, then how do you enter the kingdom? How do you go within yourself? By meditation! Once you enter deep meditation (baptism) with no thought, you then are born a second time of spirit (the higher mind and pure light of consciousness).

How does this happen? How can something as simple as meditation produce the higher mind?

In our former blog post we discussed that before Moses entered Egypt, he threw down his rod and it became a serpent. When God told him to pick the serpent up again, it turned back into a rod. That process is symbolic of Kundalini energy (serpent energy) rising through the seven chakras on the spinal column that finally reaches special glands in the brain opening spiritual gateways.

So do we have any other imagery in this story that illustrates this process? Does Moses do anything with the rod of God (serpent energy) that tells us this is what this story is really about? Yes! Consider what the LORD tells Moses to do:

“But lift thou up thy rod and stretch out thine hand over the sea…” (Exodus 14:16).

When Moses lifts the rod, the waters of the Red Sea become parted.  When kundalini is raised up the spinal column, the division between the lower man and your higher nature takes place, literally transforming our old way of thinking.

Is this enlightenment process quick and easy? No! The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. That’s an entire generation where they constantly battled the Canaanites. Canaanites are symbolic of the thoughts we must battle and subdue in the meditation process. In other words, for most people, it takes years of meditating to cultivate kundalini energy and the opening of your pineal gland.

The popes have missed it!

At the opening of a pastoral convention at the Diocese of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI once stated the words below about baptism:

In baptism, “…we are immersed in God himself.”

It would seem that the Pope understands very well that baptism is supposed to represent merging with God. But what he doesn’t seem to understand is how! One becomes immersed in God not through literal water, but rather by stilling the mind.

John the Baptizer

Since we are speaking of baptism, I thought it would only be proper to mention John the Baptist (who wasn’t literal either).

Remember the scripture below?

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30).

Think! John is the baptizer. What happens during the meditation process? The Christ nature increases and the old nature decreases!

John is symbolic of one starting meditation. During deep meditation, something extraordinary happens. John said:

“I indeed baptize you with water…but…he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire” (Matt. 3:11).

The Christ nature is always represented by a bright light or fire. Jesus is said to come and baptize us with fire because the fire is symbolic of the pineal gland awakening.

Even as we travel back to the Exodus story and the crossing of the Red Sea, we see a pertinent scripture illustrating these points:

“And it came to pass that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire… (Exodus 14: 24).

In scripture, the morning watch also symbolizes meditation. And the pillar of fire is kundalini energy burning up the ego.

How can this knowledge help you?

First of all, you can forget about being baptized in some baptismal pool at the front of your church. There is nothing wrong with doing this, but don’t expect to rise up out of the waters with your sins forgiven. You’re the same person when you go under the water, and you’ll be the same person when you come up from the water.

Second of all realize that you should be meditating regularly. But as I have said before, meditation is a very holy act. It’s not some cheap Jedi mind trick to ease stress and become a healthier person (although this is part of it). Serious meditation is going to take perseverance, patience, surrender, abandonment, and especially letting go of judgment.

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Happy meditating!

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