The Song of Moses

April 3, 2022 in Today's Worship by TGV

Exodus 15: Worship Guide/ 2-BSG-15A, (Exodus 15:1-12)/ Theme: The Song of Redemption/ Hymn: There’s Power in the Blood (SDAH 294)


 

Exploration: Songs of Judgment and Victory in Revelation – (read Rev. 4:8-11; 5:9-14; 7:9-12; 11:15-18; 12:10-12; 14:1-5; 15:2-4; 16:4-6, 7; 18:1-3, 4-5, 6-8; 19:1-5, 6, 7, 8, 9).

Reflection: This chapter can be divided into three sections. First, Israel praises God for His victory and salvation (1-21). Second, the bitter waters of Marah are made sweet: The people complain, and God cleanses the water (22-25). Third. God exhorts the children of Israel to obey (26-27).

For our devotion this morning, let us focus on the first section: The Song of Redemption, Sung by the Sea! This song is the world’s oldest piece of poetry. It is the first song recorded in Scripture. It is the beginning poem of our rich heritage of Hebrew poetry. It was inspired by God, written by Moses, and sung by Moses and the children of Israel. But most importantly, this song was sung unto Jehovah, and it is about Jehovah: It is a song of gratitude, praising God for saving Israel and destroying their enemies.

This hymn of praise has four stanzas: God’s victory is announced (Ex. 15:1–5), God’s weapons are described (Ex. 15:6–10), God’s character is extolled (Ex. 15:11–16a), and God’s promises are fulfilled (Ex. 15:16b–18). This song looks both backward and forward. Verses 1–12 look backward and praise God for His past deliverance. Verses 13–19 look forward and express confidence in God in future deliverances. The refrain to this song is sung by Miriam and the women of Israel (Ex. 15:20-21).

Devotional Implication: “Moses’ song at the Red Sea has ever provided the church of God a pattern for praise in all its conflicts with the powers of darkness (see PP 289). The majestic theme of this song echoes through all the songs of Israel in praise to God for His glorious works on their behalf. Finally, the song of Moses, the servant of God, will be sung again, with the song of the Lamb, by heroes of faith standing upon the “sea of glass,” victorious over the beast and his image.” — (SDA BC vol. 1, p. 570).

Who will sing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb? The 144,000. They are those who “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14-15). They are pictured standing on mount Zion with the Lamb (Jesus Christ). They are “not defiled with women,” they “follow the Lamb wherever He goes,” and “in their mouth was found no deceit” (Rev 14:1-5). They are those who have heeded the Message of Warning (Rev 14:6-12). These are they that have been “saved out of the world of trouble and evil and are now secure in the kingdom of God. The victory was obtained by the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 12:11). They stood loyal to God even when the death penalty was pronounced (Rev. 13:15). And now, they stand safe on the sea of glass. The victory is complete; the struggle is over. They overcame, they triumphed, and now in the heavenly kingdom, they sing the anthem of victory.” — (SDA BC vol. 7, p. 836).

The Gospel’s Voice: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—because He does. What does the LORD say to me this morning? My son, on that day, Pharaoh’s army was obliterated, “not by force, and not by power, but by My Spirit” (Zech. 4:6). On that day, Israel saw My right hand in action (Ex. 14:31; 15:6, 12), and they believed in Me. Soon, the redeemed shall be saved from this sinful world (Jn 14:1-3; Heb 10:37) and sing another song: a brand-new song, a song of victory by the sea of glass. If you obey Me and remain faithful to the end (Rev 2:10; 3:10), you too shall be included in this grand celebration (Rev. 19:6-9) and inherit the kingdom of glory. Would you?

My Desire: By God’s grace, I want to – 1. Surrender my life to the LORD of Hosts; 2. Obey God and allow Him to handle all my fears/ troubles; 3. Heed God’s last warning messages of Rev 14 to this dying world and get ready for Jesus now; 4. Keep the Commandments of God and strive to have “the faith of Jesus” (Rev 14:12).

Have A Blessed Day: “And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!” (Revelation 15:2–3, NKJV)


 

Worship Through Singing: There’s Power in the Blood (SDAH 294)

 

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