Parting the Waters

A science object talk to show that God's miracles are truly miraculous.


Miracles, Moses, Power of God


Red food coloring
Rubbing alcohol
Flat saucer (without cup indentation)
eyedropper, water
small glass


Approximately 5 minutes

Moses parting the waters


Before class, fill a glass with water and add a few drops of red food coloring. Use an eyedropper to gather a small amount of rubbing alcohol.    


During class, you will pour a small pool of red water into the saucer. Then using the eyedropper, squeeze out a few drips of rubbing alcohol into the center of the water. The water will separate, and form a dry spot in the middle. You will compare this trick to when God parted the Red Sea for His people to cross on dry ground, but you will also explain how impossible it would be to part a huge sea using an eyedropper. The children will admit that only God can perform a miracle.


How many of you are familiar with the story about God parting the waters of the Red Sea? Good, it is one of the most well known miracles in the Bible. God parted the Red Sea so Moses and the Israelites could cross on dry ground before Pharaoh's army. There were probably over a million people.

Would you believe it, if I said that I could part water? Well, let me show you I can. Here I have a glass of water; yes, it is red, like red sea water. Let me pour a little onto this saucer. Now watch carefully. I have a special ingredient in this eyedropper. Look what happens when I squeeze out a few drops. See, I parted the water; it is dry in the middle and has room for perhaps two ants.

Some people try to explain God's miracles with science. No wonder, science is quite remarkable. What I did was in no way a miracle. Can you imagine parting an entire sea in this way? Think of how big the eyedropper would have to be. Just picking it up would take a miracle. Only God can perform miracles. Science, no matter how remarkable, cannot explain how He does it. However, we know it is because He is an Almighty God.