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Old 6th July 2018, 06:08 PM
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[Exodus 15]

The following are the lyrics of a song most likely composed and written by Moses, a song of exultation and gladness. This song will be sang by those who will overcome the beast (the Antichrist) as well (Rev 15:2-3).

{15:1} Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and they said: “Let us sing to the Lord, for he has been gloriously magnified: the horse and the rider he has cast into the sea.
{15:2} The Lord is my strength and my praise, and he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I shall glorify him. He is the God of my father, and I shall exalt him.
{15:3} The Lord is like a fighting man. Almighty is his name.
{15:4} The chariots of Pharaoh, and his army, he has cast into the sea; his elect leaders have been submerged in the Red Sea.
{15:5} The abyss has covered them. They descended into the depths like a stone.
{15:6} Your right hand, O Lord, has been magnified in strength. Your right hand, O Lord, has struck down the enemy.
{15:7} And in the multitude of your glory you have put down your adversaries. You sent out your wrath, which devoured them like stubble.
{15:8} And by the breath of your fury, the waters were gathered together. The flowing waves stood still. The abyss was gathered into the midst of the sea.

The parting of the Red Sea was a miraculous manifestation of God, not a mere natural occurrence as some erroneously claim.

{15:9} The enemy said: ‘I will pursue and overtake them. I will divide the spoils. My soul will be filled. I will unsheathe my sword. My hand will put them to death.’
{15:10} Your breath blew, and the sea covered them. They were submerged like lead into the mighty waters.
{15:11} Who is like you in strength, O Lord? Who is like you: magnificent in sanctity, terrible and yet praiseworthy, accomplishing miracles?

"Who is like you in strength, O Lord?" Similar manifestation are attributed to St. Michael the Archangel (though Angels do not pronounce words as we humans for they are spirit only) in his battle against the rebellious angels (Rev 12:7). "Who is like God?", is the meaning of the name Michael (Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל‎, transliterated Micha'el or Mîkhā'ēl).

The God of Israel showed to be victorious over the many "gods" of Egypt.

{15:12} You extended your hand, and the earth devoured them.
{15:13} In your mercy, you have been a leader to the people whom you have redeemed. And in your strength, you have carried them to your holy dwelling place.
{15:14} Peoples rose up and became angry. Sorrows took hold of the inhabitants of Philistia.
{15:15} Then the leaders of Edom were stirred up, and trembling took hold of the robust of Moab. All the inhabitants of Canaan were petrified.

This part foresees the Israelites' future occupation of Canaan.

{15:16} Let fear and dread fall upon them, by the magnitude of your arm. Let them become immobilized like stone, until your people cross through, O Lord, until this, your people whom you possess, cross through.
{15:17} You shall lead them in and plant them, on the mountain of your inheritance, in your most firm dwelling place, which you have formed, O Lord, your sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have made firm.
{15:18} The Lord will reign in eternity and beyond.

"The Lord "will reign" for the Lord is King.

{15:19} For the rider Pharaoh, with his chariots and horsemen, was brought into the sea. And the Lord brought back upon them the waters of the sea. But the sons of Israel walked across dry ground in its midst.”

Our God can do mighty deeds so trust in the Lord in whatever situation no matter how difficult it may be. Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).

{15:20} And so Miriam, the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took up a timbrel in her hand. And all the women followed her with timbrels and dancing.

Miriam was the sister of Moses and his older brother Aaron (Num 26:59). Besides Miriam, there were prophetesses (women prophets) in the O.T. Deborah (Judges 4:4), Huldah, (2 Chron 34:22); as well as in the N.T., Anna in the Temple (Luke 2:36), among others (Acts 21:9).

{15:21} And she prophesied, saying: “Let us sing to the Lord, for he has been gloriously magnified. The horse and its rider, he has thrown into the sea.”

Notice that it says that "she prophesied". Prophesying is not only telling future events, but also telling the truth, as she was proclaiming in this case. Since baptism we are called to be priests (some non-ordained), prophets, and kings.

{15:22} Then Moses took Israel from the Red Sea, and they went forth into the desert of Shur. And they wandered for three days through the wilderness, and they found no water.
{15:23} And they arrived at Marah. They were unable to drink the waters of Marah because they were bitter. Therefore, he also established a name befitting the place, calling it ‘Marah,’ that is, bitterness.
{15:24} And the people murmured against Moses, saying: “What shall we drink?”

Notice how quick the people started to murmur and lack trust in the Lord despite all the mighty deeds that He has done and that He can do.

{15:25} So he cried out to the Lord, who showed him a tree. And when he had cast it into the waters, they were turned into sweetness. In that place, he established instructions for him, and also judgments. And he tested him there,
{15:26} saying: “If you will listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in his sight, and obey his commands, and keep all his precepts, I will not bring upon you any of the distress that I imposed on Egypt. For I am the Lord, your healer.”
{15:27} Then the sons of Israel arrived in Elim, where there were twelve fountains of water and seventy palm trees. And they camped next to the waters.

The twelve fountains for each tribe of Israel and the seventy palm trees for all what God does is perfect.
John 3:27; John 15:5; Matthew 19:26
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