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Some things are more significant than we realize: Indonesian teenager rescued after spending 49 days lost at sea

Photo of Aldi Adilang's boat at moment of rescue near the Island of Guam. Released by the Indonesian Consulate General in Osaka/AP

Photo of Aldi Adilang’s boat near the Island of Guam. Released by the Indonesian Consulate General in Osaka

An interesting story coming out of Indonesia, may have more significance than we realize.

With a population of over 260 million people, Indonesia is made up of several islands located north of Australia. The sea and fishing are a major part of life.

Muslims make up 87% of its population and about 10% are Christians.  Because of their dominance, in parts of Indonesia, Muslims extremists are actively persecuting Christians.

And recently the world was caught up in a story about an Indonesian teenager, Aldi Novel Adilang, 18, who miraculously survived 49 days at sea stuck in a fishing trap. The raft like boat has a hut on it and is moored in the ocean for fishing. It also has a large light that is turned on at night to attract fish.

Adilang had worked in such a fishing trap since he was 16. The owner of takes food, water and gas for the generator out to his 50 fishing traps once a week.

However because of high winds, Adilang’s raft broke its mooring and started drifting at sea. According to the boy’s parents, this is not the first time this had happened, but the previous two times the owner arrived before their son had drifted to far away.

This time, he didn’t and Adilang and the raft were long gone.

Adilang said he ran out of food and water within seven days and was forced to soak his clothes in the sea and then squeeze out the water. Because of its salinity, drinking ocean water will lead to to death. However, studies have shown that though straining water through cloth does not remove all the salt, it significantly reduces it making it safer to drink.

Adilang said he saw several vessels during his trip and turned on his lights but no one saw him.

When he was finally rescued by a Panamanian registered vessel on August 31, 2018 near Guam, he had sailed 1,920 kms (1,200 miles) from his original location.

But here is the kicker he is a Christian and newspapers are reporting that he had a Bible with him and prayed everyday for salvation.

The Guardian writes:

“Interviewed by local news portal TribunManado, Aldi said he thought he “was going to die out there”. At one point he said was suicidal and considered jumping into the ocean, but remembered his parents’ advice to pray in times of distress. He had a bible on board so he did.”

His rescue was nothing short of miraculous a fact that many of those living on the Indonesian islands would acknowledge as they are well aware of the ocean’s dangers.

God often speaks to people in a language they can understand.

A similar communication may have happened in Egypt many centuries earlier using a much smaller boat.

When we look at the story of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, I have often wondered why the Egyptian pharaoh didn’t kill or at least arrest Moses when he demanded Israel’s freedom.

It would have put a quick end to the brewing rebellion.

To understand why the pharaoh didn’t, we need to study the significant miracle surrounding Moses’s birth. Concerned about Israel’s growing population in Egypt, the Pharaoh had ordered all the Israelis male babies killed at birth by throwing them into the Nile river.

In order to spare her son, Moses’s mother put him in a basket and let him float on the Nile river. The pharaoh’s daughters were out bathing in the Nile when they spotted the basket, rescued Moses, allowing him to grow up in the Pharaoh’s court.

But there may be more to this story than we initially realize.

That is because the Nile River was also one of the three major deities of ancient Egypt. This included the Nile also called Hapi, the sun and ox. We see references to the satanic god of the Nile in Ezekiel 29:3.

The pharaoh was also considered half man/half god and connected with the sun-god.

I have also wondered why the Pharaoh went the extra step and ordered the babies thrown into the Nile. The simplest thing would have been to kill them at birth.

Is it possible, the Pharaoh was desiring a form of child sacrifice to the Nile god? Hapi was a major deity as the annual flooding of the Nile River was a critical source of food. If the floods didn’t come, no crops could be grown.

And because of this, the Nile god was also tied to fertility.

And this is where it gets interesting. There are images in Egypt’s ruins of women bathing in the Nile river as a fertility rite to get pregnant.

Is this why the women were bathing when they saw Moses’s basket stuck in the reeds?


If they were performing such a fertility rite, then Moses’s name becomes all that more significant:

10 The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. And she named him Moses, and said, “Because I drew him out of the water.” (Exodus 2:10 NASV)

She was directly connecting Moses to the Nile god. As far as the Pharaoh’s daughter was concerned, it spoke of Moses’s divine provision and Hapi’s answer to her desire for child. To the Egyptians it would also speak of Moses’s divine origins?

The Egyptian pharaoh considered himself half man/half god and when Moses led Israel in its demand for freedom was the Pharaoh concerned he was dealing with another god-like man?

Of course, Moses was no more a god than the pharaoh was, but considering how important the Nile was to Egypt’s survival is this why the Pharaoh did not kill Moses for fear of offending Hapi?

Ultimately, Satan couldn’t stop Moses because of the very way he had deceived the Egyptians with the Nile god. Was this God’s unique way of protecting His chosen leader of Israel?


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