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Waters Shall Be Turned to Blood

Exodus 7:17: "Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood."

If you're listening to today's broadcast on the radio, let me suggest that you go to the Creation Moments website and do a search on the title of today's program: "Waters Shall Be Turned to Blood." You will see an incredible satellite photograph showing Lake Urnia in Iran looking like it's filled with blood rather than the green waters just a few months earlier.

As reported in Live Science, the color change is likely caused by microorganisms in the lake that thrive on salt and light. According to the NASA Earth Observatory, scientists point to a bacteria family called Halobacteriaceae and the algae family Dunaliella as the most likely suspects for Lake Urmia's current crimson color.

Live Science points out that many other bodies of water have turned red from time to time. Now, I know what you may be wondering. Could it have been bacteria that caused the River Nile to turn blood-red at the exact moment that Moses struck the waters with his rod? Could bacteria have been the means by which God accomplished the miracle? Frankly, we don't believe so because the Bible says specifically that the waters turned to blood. If the Nile had only become blood-red in appearance, Moses could easily have written it that way.

But this we know with certainty – that Jesus shed real blood on the cross for the salvation of all those who put their trust in Him.

Prayer: Oh Lord, thank You for shedding Your blood so that my sins – past, present and future – can be forgiven. Amen.

Notes: Mindy Weisberger, "'Blood Lake' Blooms in Iran," Live Science, 7/27/16. Photo: Lake Urmia in Iran turned from green to red in just a few months. Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory. (PD)

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