Summary of passage: Moses and the Israelites sing a song of praise and worship to the Lord after the final defeat of the Egyptians. They exalt Him for defeating the Egyptians by parting the waters of the Red Sea. The enemy boasted and God brought them down. God redeemed His people in unfailing love and strength. All of the nations will know and tremble once they hear of what happened here. Miriam and the women sang God’s praises as well.
10a) Personal Question. My answer: verse 2: “The Lord is my strength and my song…I will praise him and … exalt him.” Verse 7: “In the greatness of your majesty, you threw down those who opposed you.” Verse 11: “Who is like you–majestic in holiness, awesome in glory?” Verse 13: “In your unfailing love…and strength you will guide them”
b) Personal Question. My answer: He is always there, waiting to help me and love me when I need Him most. He is omnipotent and omniscient and knows everything about me. He sees me. He knows me. He is present. He protects me, shelters me, provides for me. He wraps me in a big hug when no one else will. His blessings are beyond what I deserve. My greatest gift is praise and worship to Him.
c) Personal Question. My answer: By being faithful. Praising Him. Thanking Him. Praying. Serving. Obeying. By living a Godly life.
11a) God will lead the people He has redeemed and guide them to His holy dwelling. Israel’s enemies would be as still as stone, allowing God’s people to pass by. Israel will have the Promised Land once again.
b) God led Abraham to the Promised Land. God cared for His people in bringing them to Egypt. He will do the same now.
c) Personal Question. My answer: God has done everything for me and I know He will continue to do so. I have so many hopes for the future it is ridiculous. I feel like I’m in a lull now, but I am praying and waiting on Him to do great things. I would like to write an impactful novel, raise good, God-fearing children, be a dutiful wife, care for all that God has given me (which includes material things and pets), and continue to live in His light.
Conclusions: Nice break from all the reading! Nice reflection day since most all are personal questions. It’s good to think about these things in our lives because often we don’t stop and do so. It was nice just to pray and think about how much God has done in my life and His promises for the future.
I am wondering though: Is “Moses and the Israelites” just the men praising God since Miriam then took the women? I’m confused.
End Notes: This song is thought to have been spontaneous and a new song unto the Lord. It is all about God, nothing about Moses. God is their strength, not He gives them strength.
Parts of this song is found in Scripture 3 times.
The right hand (considered the hand of skill and power) is used in the Bible over 50 times.
This song shows the Israelites definitely knew who God was if the Egyptians still haven’t.
God’s enemies did hear of this event as Rahab the prostitute said so (Joshua 2:10).
This is the first mention of Miriam by name. Numbers 26:59 seems to indicate Moses had only this one sister. We also will study later this year that it was not only Aaron who caused trouble for Moses; Miriam did as well. She is called a prophetess because she received divine communication as did Moses as the prophet.
Scholars are divided on whether the men and women were separated as are ancient recordings on such. There is arguments on both sides but I think most think men and women were separated. It would seem to fit the culture to have men and women separated. Some suggest Moses and the men sang the chorus while Miriam and the women sang the refrain. Vocal wise, this makes sense since men have low voices and women have high voices.
I find it strange all the women have tambourines. If this were me, I’d leave that behind when I fled Egypt. But maybe tambourines were integral in the worship of God, so they brought them.
Fun Fact about Passage: This is the first song recorded in the Bible. Can you imagine? Millions singing at once to God. Amazing!!
My take away from the Exodus out of Egypt: God did it. No one else.
More Celebrations of God: Psalm 78 & 105
Fun Fact: The Book of Exodus shows a greater proportion of miracles (direct, supernatural acts of God) than any other part of the Bible except the Gospels.