What would have happened had Moses tried to figure out what was needed to accomplish God’s command?  One of the biggest arithmetical miracles in the world was required in the desert.  Moses led the people of Israel to the desert.  Now what was he going to do with them?  They had to be fed, and feeding 3.5 million people required a lot of food. 

According to the U.S. Army’s Quartermaster General, Moses needed 1500 tons of food a day (3 million lbs.), filling two freight trains each a mile long.  Besides, you must remember, they were out in the desert, and needed firewood to use for cooking the food.  This took 4000 tons of wood and a few more freight trains each a mile long – just for one day!  And they were 40 years in transit!  Oh, yes, they needed water.  If they only had enough to drink and was a few dishes, it took 11,000,000 gallons each day – enough water to fill a freight train 1800 miles long.  And another thing!  They had to get across the Red Sea in one night.  Now if they went on a narrow path, double file, the line would be 800 miles long and require 35 days and nights to get through.  So to get over in one night there had to be a space in the Red Sea 3 miles wide so they could walk 5000 abreast. 

According to Niagara Parks, during the high season, the “tourist flow” over the falls is 100,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). That translates to 748,052 Gallons of water per second.

So Moses needed a lot of water

Gallons of WaterFlow over Niagara FallsSecondsMinutesHoursDays
11,000,000Million gallons of water a day14.70
4,015,000,000Billion gallons per Year5,367.27 89.451.49
160,600,000,000Billion gallons for the 40 year journey214,690.963,578.1859.642.48

Think about this:  every time they camped at the end of the day, a campground the size of Rhode Island was required, or a total of 750 squares miles.  Do you think Moses figured this all out before he left?  I think not.  You see, Moses believed in God.  He had faith that God would take care of everything. 

Let us take courage, we have the same God!