Exodus 15 Commentary
In lines reminiscent of the book Psalms, Moses and Israel sign to the LORD. It is a song of victory. This psalm provides basis for many praise songs we find in the book of Psalms. The lines reveal more.
The nations hear about this event and their hearts melt. Their courage disappears. The song is creating a picture of expectations. Israel should slice through the region like a hot knife through butter. The fear of the LORD would achieve it. The stage is set for a triumphant entry into Canaan. Israel has just won the biggest battle.
You would imagine that the LORD was itching for battle. He deliberately tempted Pharaoh into it. Some battles we face are not meant to destroy us. Through them the LORD seeks to gain for Himself glory and salvation, elevation and promotion for His kingdom subjects.
Miriam is called a prophet here. She had played a leading role in the drama that saw Moses saved from the Nile, and raised as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Now she leads the women in a short but powerful praise song. The song reminds us of the final judgment when the LORD will destroy both rider and horse; both evil and perpetrators of evil; both sin and sinners; both sin and the tools of sin.
The chapter closes with the LORD calling on Israel to stay faithful. It’s a condition for Israel’s healing. The LORD reveals himself as the Healer.
Indeed the LORD heals.
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