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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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When God delivers and takes us from a situation of certain death to life with Him there is rejoicing. People cannot help but sing and make a joyful noise after God intervenes miraculously. Here we have the earliest song recorded in Scripture, written after the deliverance of God’s people from the might of the Egyptian armies at the Red Sea. Divided into three stanzas, the Song of Moses begins each time with praise to the Lord and ends with the actions that the Lord should be praised for. The Lord is praised because He is our salvation. His name has power, and by that power Pharaoh’s armies are no more. Though the forces of evil may plot our destruction, God’s right hand overthrows the enemy, plucking us to safety. The motif found often in Egyptian texts of the right hand of Pharaoh as that which delivers Egypt’s enemy, is contrasted here by the right hand of the Lord, which “has become glorious in power” so that “the depths have covered them.”

 

The certainty of this redemptive act of God in history, assures us that we have nothing to fear for the future. The last stanza focuses on the future enemies that will be faced in the conquest. “By the greatness of your arm they will be as still as a stone.” When we face certain impossibilities, when we are cornered in life and do not know which way to turn, we can find assurance in “The Song of Moses” which commemorates a great event in the history of God’s people. Through the events where God has intervened in our lives we have the assurance that He will bring us “and plant us in the mountain of His inheritance where the Lord will reign forever and ever.” This great hope of consummation will be the song by all those who stand with Jesus in heaven in the final day of deliverance when we stand of the “sea of glass” (Rev 15:3).

 

Michael Hasel

Southern Adventist University