I just came across this interesting article in our local electric coop newsletter, and found an online source here.
Moses and the people were in the desert, but what was he going to do
with them? They had to be fed, and feeding 2 or 3 million people
requires a lot of food. According to the Quartermaster General in
the Army, it is reported that Moses would have to have had 1500 tons of food each day.
Do you know that to bring that much food each day, two freight
trains, each a mile long, would be required! Besides you must remember, they were out in the desert, so they would have to have firewood to use in cooking the food. This would take 4000 tons of wood and a few more freight trains, each a mile long, just for one day. And just think, they were forty years in transit.
And oh yes! They would have to have water. If they only had enough
to drink and wash a few dishes, it would take 11,000,000 gallons each
day, and a freight train with tank cars, 1800 miles long, just to bring
And then another thing! They had to get across the Red Sea at
night. (They did?) Now, if they went on a narrow path, double file, the
line would be 800 miles long and would require 35 days and nights to get through. So, There had to be a space in the Red Sea, 3 miles wide so that they could walk 5000 abreast to get over in one night. But
then, there is another problem.
Each time they camped at the end of the day, a campground two-thirds the size of the state of Rhode Island was required, or a total of 750
square miles long...think of it! This space just for nightly
Never thought about it that way :) The problem with the above is they assume where were 2-3 million people. How many I don't know, but I doubt it was anywhere close to that many.