Song of Moses

Passover starts tomorrow, so I thought it would be appropriate to recall how mighty is our Lord. Passover celebrates an earlier salvation for His people Israel, presaging the later and fuller new covenant sealed by Jesus for all.

God, through His prophet Moses, has just led the Israelites to freedom in a most spectacular fashion: by drowning Pharaoh’s armed forces (host). From Exodus 14, just the bare facts:

28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained. 29 But the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

Moses and the Israelites knew exactly how it was they got away; through Whose agency they were now free of Pharaoh’s yoke. And they expressed it in a way that would resonate in any hymn-singing church today — The Song of Moses, Exodus 15:

1 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD, saying,

“I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider[a] he has thrown into the sea.
2 The LORD is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
3 The LORD is a man of war;
the LORD is his name.

Note that the people knew it wasn’t Moses’ skills as a guide that brought them to freedom. It wasn’t due to any particular merit on the part of individual Israelites. It was due wholly and solely to God.

The Passover lesson for Christians is just as valid as it is for Jews. We are rescued from bondage, both physical and spiritual, solely by God’s might, and by God’s grace. Through no agency of our own. Through no merit on our part. We are now freed from idolatry, and freed to worship God as His chosen people.

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