Exodus 15.1-7 – God’s Victory over his Enemies.
Posted: 23 August 2011 in Exodus

“Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble…..”

The Song of Moses lasts for 20 verses, so not all of it can be quoted above. The passage is alluded to in Revelation, and both there and here it is the the defeat of God’s enemies which is being celebrated. Paul said that “all things work together for good to them that love God.” Even more to the point, however, is that all things work together for the glory of the God who redeems them. God is glorified in the redemption of those he has chosen, and also in his victory over those who would rebel against his rule. Nevertheless, even those he has chosen for salvation are not much better than those who actively oppose themselves to God – as the following two verses (from the same chapter in Exodus) make clear:

“And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?”

Moses, be it remembered, had been called by God to effectively act as his mouthpiece. Those two verses are testimony to the fact that people are not saved through their own righteousness, because that is not something even his chosen ones possess, but purely through the grace of God and the righteousness of Christ.

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