Exodus 15:1 "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. 2 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."
Yes, this is the same people who were
crying and complaining on the other side of the Red sea. Now that they are safe, they decided
that Moses was ok and God was awesome! This chapter is their song of praise to
God. It won't be long, though, until this latest miracle of God will be forgotten and they
will be complaining again! Exodus 15:11 "Who is like
unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises,
doing wonders? 12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them. 13 Thou in
thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy
strength unto thy holy habitation."
Exodus 15:11 "Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? 12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them. 13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation."
God, in His mercy, delivered the children of Israel from a Godless, idolatrous nation and hellish prison camp. Only God could do that for them. None of the gods of the Egyptians could have done it, Moses nor Aaron could not have delivered them, only Jehovah God could redeem His people. He didn't ask them to do anything except believe in Him and leave Egypt. If we believe in Him and leave our former life, our prison camp, He will redeem us, also. We don't have to do one thing. Actually, we can't do one thing to redeem ourselves. Only our faith in Him can free us from bondage. If the children of Israel had not had the faith to step out into the middle of the sea, they would have been recaptured by Pharaoh!
Exodus 15:23 "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. 24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?"
God led the children of Israel down a path where there was bitter water. They were hot, tired and thirsty and began to complain. The water was not fit to drink until Moses cut down a tree and cast it in, then it became sweet. God often leads us down a path where the waters are bitter. He is not a cruel God who wants to make our lives miserable. He uses bitter experiences to mold us into who He wants us to be. He was beginning to condition the nation of Israel for the hardships of desert life they were about to face and to teach them that they must rely only on Him. The place of the bitter water was called Marah. I'm sure you have had at least one Marah in your life. I've had several. Two of the worst were when I buried my brother and my father. I've had many trips to the hospital and many heart aches, too, but they have all helped make me ready for the next bitter experience in my life and they have made me who I am today.
Exodus 15:26 "And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee."
Here is a commandment with promise. God told His people that if they would obey Him and keep His commandments, they would not have to suffer any of the plagues He had brought upon the Egyptians. Then He brought them to Elim. A place where there was 12 wells of water and 70 palm trees. Thank God for the Oasis after every desert!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
One of the best ways you can praise God is to sing His praise. You don't have to have a
wonderful singing voice to sing praises to God. He doesn't care if you are not a great singer!
Many people have been recorded in the Bible singing songs of praise to God. Each of the Psalms
are songs, many written and sung by David. Many of the prophets had songs recorded in the Old
Testament. Elizabeth had a song when she was told she was to have a child and so did Mary.
And Revelations portrays a multitude singing a new song before the throne of God.
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