The Gemara in Sotah, and the Mechilta here, bring a machlokes about who was the first to jump into the Yam Suf. Sota 36b-37a:
A remarkable thing about this Gemara is that Reb Meir says that not only did they fight about it, but the leaders of Yehuda actually threw rocks at the tribe of Binyamin- רוגמים אותם. And not only did the leaders of Yehuda throw rocks at Binyamin, but it seems that they threw the rocks at Binyamin after Binyamin jumped into the sea. This is incomprehensible. I understand they would argue about who gets to do the kiddush Hashem. But throwing rocks? And throwing the rocks after they've already jumped in? What is the pshat?
The Netziv in Devarim (33:12), by the brachos of Moshe to the Shvatim, says an interesting thing.
In the Haamek Davar he says:
The Netziv says
והמשל נפלא, וגם תחילת הענין יש להבין מדוע גבר בנימין על יהודה והיאך ל א חלק לו כבוד. אבל הענין שנס קריעת ים סוף היה מיועד להיות באחד משני אופנים, אם בהנהגת נס נסתר סמוך להליכות הטבע, וע״ז הקדים הקב״ה רוח קדים עזה
Here, too, Binyamin wanted the open miracle of the splitting of the sea, so they wanted to jump immediately and trigger a neis nigleh, a total overturning of nature; Yehuda wanted some admixture of teva, and they wanted to wait for the the wind that was blowing all night to move more water and dry more land before they jumped in, in order for the miracle to be minimized.
It's remarkable how this Netziv's pshat highlights Klal Yisrael's unchangeable nature. We haven't changed a bit since Krias Yam Suf. Today, too, we know that we can exist only through nissim. The Yishuv in Eretz Yisrael exists only because of a constant neis. But what is the right way to bring about that neis? And which is better, a neis niglah or a neis nistar? There are those, like Shevet Binyamin, that want us to achieve a Geula only by nissim niglim, while others that feel, like Shevet Yehuda, that the time has come to achieve things in what passes for sort of derech hateva, through our efforts that bring about a neis nistar of hashgacha pratis. And of course, we still hold that the best way to resolve theological differences is by throwing stones. Who knows? Maybe it is.
There have been some changes, though. What's changed is that the first time, the Neis Nistar people were throwing stones at the Neis Niglah people, and now it's the other way around; also, this time the Neis Niglah people believe that we should prepare for the Neis by doing absolutely nothing different than we've been doing for the last two thousand years.
post script- this has nothing to do with the above, but I wanted to post it because I liked it. We're all familiar with the story, that Nachshon ben Aminadav was the first to jump in, and the water didn't split immediately, it reached his nose, he was at the penultimate point of his life, he said הושיעני אלהים כי באו מים עד נפש טבעתי ביון מצולה ואין מעמד, Save me, O God, for water has come up to my soul. I have sunk in muddy depths and there is no place to stand; I have come into the deep water, and the current has swept me away. It was only then that the sea split and he was saved. My son, Harav Mordechai of Marlboro, NJ, says that we can learn a lesson about avodas Hashem from this story. If Nachshon had held his nose up higher, the geula would have taken longer.