"Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honoured, and I have loved you. Therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life." Isaiah 43:4
Text: Exodus 15 : 16-17
THE GREATNESS OF THE LORD
Moses was deeply impressed and impacted by the greatness of the Lord! Of course, the concept of God must include His greatness. However, when one has experienced crossing the Red Sea as on dry ground, then the idea of “greatness” becomes even more magnified! Surely those who hear of what the Lord had done would now stand in awe of Him!
“Fear and dread will fall on them
By the greatness of Your arm
They will be as still as a stone,
Till Your people pass over, O LORD,
Till the people pass over
Whom You have purchased.”
1. “Fear and dread”
How does one measure the magnitude of God’s greatness? Moses had a most interesting way of describing how God’s greatness would affect people! The fear and dread would have such a powerful impact on people, that they would become “as still as stone”- holding their breath in awe of the greatness of God!
2. “Till Your people… pass over whom You have purchased”
How wonderful to be numbered among “God’s people”! How privileged it is to be “purchased” by the Lord! His people will indeed pass over safely till they reached the Promised Land!
THE ESTABLISHING OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD
Moses’ understanding of God had grown by leaps and bounds! All that he had heard and seen strengthened his faith in God significantly. He just had to include yet another thought or two in his song, before he brought it to a close.
“You will bring them in and plant them
In the mountain of Your inheritance,
In the place, O LORD, which You have made
For Your own dwelling,
The sanctuary, O LORD, which Your hands
1. The Planting of God’s People
What a beautiful description of what God was going to do with all the people who had just left Egypt! He would bring them safely to the Promised Land and plant them there!
2. The Establishing of a Sanctuary
God would dwell among His people! That was a thrilling thought indeed!