5 May, 2023

Exodus 15 - The Song of Moses and Miriam

Exodus 15 Devotional

PAUL BETTS

“Well my life is filled with songs but I just could not get along without my friends” sang Larry Norman, the 1960/70s father of Christian Rock.  For many of us, our story is punctuated with songs.  

Life, world events and special friendships are often marked by memorable songs or musicians. 

In Exodus 15, a miraculous world event at the Red Sea moved both Moses and Miriam to pen a song. 

A skeptical minister explained rationally to his congregation how this apparent miracle of the parting of the waters was actually a natural phenomenon because at certain times of the year in places the Red Sea is as low as 18 inches so the children of Israel would have had no problem passing through.  

A lady in the church shouts out “Hallelujah for the miracle” 

Minister – “What miracle, I’ve just explained why that was not the case” 

Lady  - “The miracle of the drowning of the Egyptian army in 18 inches of water”. 

Moses writes some classic lines in his lyric – What strikes you as you read it? 

I love it when Jesus or the Bible asks us searching questions  

“Who is like you -  majestic in holiness, 

awesome in glory,  working wonders? “

The old classic hymn ‘Blessed Assurance’ was written in 1873 by blind hymn writer Fanny Crosby which declares   “This is my Story, this is my song, praising my Saviour all the day long” 

Miriam also exhorts us to “Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted” 

Moses too proclaims “The Lord is my strength and my defence;  he has become my salvation.  He is my God, and I will praise him”

Sometimes as individuals, churches and nations we need songs and friends to help us through deep waters.  Songs by Robin (Mark), Aaron (Boyd), Brian (Houston), U2, Bob (Dylan) or Larry (Norman) have helped mark seasons for me.  I’m grateful to them all  - thanks guys!

What songs have punctuated your life? 

What miracles have you seen that you praise God for? 

Isiah 43:2  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;  and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you 

These are still the days of Elijah, and of Moses and Miriam, of you and me, to work a miracles in our hearts.

You can listen to a tongue & cheek song about Moses’s journey in Exodus  by Larry Norman CLICK HERE 

3 comments on “Exodus 15 - The Song of Moses and Miriam”

  1. Moses and the Israelites sing a song to the Lord in celebration and thanksgiving of their escape from the Egyptians through the Red Sea. Verse 2 The Lord is my strength and my defense he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him my father’s God, and I will exalt him. its easy to remember that God is the reason for anything good in our lives when everything is good. When we’ve experienced a victory, it’s easy to praise and thank Him and give Him the glory.
    But what happens when things aren’t so good? is there still the same urge to give thanksgiving and praise God when things aren’t going so well.
    As Christians, we have the ability to trust in God in the good times and bad because we know God’s love never fails. He is always leading us to something better than we could ask or imagine.

  2. Thanks for this Paul, being move in praise is so humbling.
    This chapter of Exodus, reminds me, of the many times, songs have played a part in our own lives when giving God thanks, songs like, God of the Mountain
    God will make away.
    Thank God for praise and music

  3. ““Who is like you among the gods, O Lord— glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, performing great wonders?”
    ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭15‬:‭11‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    https://bible.com/bible/116/exo.15.11.NLT

    It’s so good to raise our songs of praise to the Lord God, He is always worthy of praise. Years ago I heard someone say, “Praise is the language of the Kingdom of heaven.” Sometimes even earth has heard the praise of the heavenly beings as something momentous occurs: the shepherds on the hills outside Bethlehem heard them when the Messiah was born. It’s like heavenly joy bursts through. It happened here with Moses and Miriam, and the women of Israel. Celebration was everywhere.
    Then, the travellers encounter difficulties and their tune changes: now they are complaining about the water. We do it too. We quickly forget amazing things God has done and are consumed by what is not going well now. Sometimes it’s just helpful to turn on a song of praise, and join in, worshipping the God above all other gods: for me it’s like flushing the bad attitude out, turning my attention to Jesus. God is always merciful, kind and loving. He does have our best interests at heart.
    “What are we going to drink?” makes me think of Jesus saying that we shouldn’t worry or be consumed by thoughts of what we are going to eat or drink. He said, “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭26‬-‭27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    We matter to God, let’s not forget this when troubles come. He will lead us through our own desert places, providing for us at every turn. Maybe in odd ways. (Wood in the water!)

    I am curious if there’s a link between the water problem and the next bit of the story when God gives them a test, and promises good health and healing.

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