Exodus 15 : Song of Triumph

February 2, 2024 ·


Moses and the Israelites sang a song. It went a something like this:
God is good because he drowned the Egyptians in the sea
God will drive out the nations of Canaan and set us up there
Miriam, the prophetess sister of Aaron, sang and danced with tambourines with the women singing a similar tune. 

The Israelites then came to Marah, a spring, but it was bitter water, so God told Moses to throw some wood into the water, and it became drinkable. God promised that he would not bring plagues on Israel, like he did to Egypt, if they followed his decrees. From there they went to Elim, where there were twelve springs. 

Key verse:
26 “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer.”

My thoughts:
It was common for songs to be sung after battles had been won. Here the song is completely about the success and power of God, for it was only him who won the battle. The Israelites didn’t even fight. 

The modern Pentecostal denomination, Elim, is named after the area of springs that the Israelites find in this chapter. 

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