Exodus 15:1-31 “Then Moses and theIsraelites sang this songto the Lord. They said:‘I will sing to the Lord,for He is highly exalted;He has thrown the horse
and its rider into the sea.2 The Lord is my strengthand my song;He has become mysalvation.This is my God, and Iwill praise Him,
my father’s God, and Iwill exalt Him.3 The Lord is a warrior;Yahweh is His name.” Exodus 15:1-3
*Pharaoh refused to freethe Israelites, but througha series of 10 plagues(blows or strokes) againstthe Egyptians, Godeffected their release.
*Pharaoh and his peopleurged the Israelites toleave; they did so quickly.*As the Israelites traveledtoward the Red Sea,Pharaoh had secondthoughts about losing
such a large number offorced laborers.*He and a large militarycontingent pursued theIsraelites, overtakingthem on the Red Seashores.
*God miraculously partedthe sea so His peoplecould cross safely to theother side.
*When the Egyptianspursued them, the wallsof water collapsed,drowning Pharaoh’sentire force.
*Rescued from theiroppressors, the Israelitescelebrated God’s greatvictory on their behalf.
Perhaps it would be good toremember that just as Godcared for His ancientpeople, He cares for ustoday! David, the ShepherdKing of Israel once declared-- "This I know, that God isFOR me." Psalm 56:9
*Moses and the Israelitessang a song to the Lord(Yahweh).*With profound relief, joy,and gratitude, they liftedtheir voices in praise toGod for His mighty
redemptive act.*It probably is the oldestwritten record of theexodus event.*The singers addressedtheir hymn to the Lord—Yahweh, Who had kept
His promise to free themfrom slavery (see Ex. 6:6).*The song was about Him,not them.“For He is highly exalted”can be translated “for Hehas triumphed
gloriously.”*The Hebrew termrendered exalted means“has risen up” (as a wave,the swelling of the sea)and projects a majesticimage.
The Red Sea’s sweepingover Pharaoh’s forcesdemonstrated Yahweh’smajestic sovereignty.
*Verses 2-3 constitute astatement concerningGod’s nature.*The singers celebratedthe Lord (Yah, ashortened form ofYahweh) as the Source of
their strength (might) andas their song—either thereason for or the subject oftheir song.*He had become theirsalvation.
*Here the term salvationspecifies liberation in apolitical or military sense.*It comes from a wordthat means “to make wideor spacious.”
*The term the singersused presents the idea ofvictory God had gained.*The Israelites enjoyedfreedom or ease becauseof God’s work on theirbehalf.
*He had acted for theirwelfare and safety.*This mighty Delivererwas the people’s God, theGod the patriarchsworshiped.
*The Hebrew words forGod reflect His strengthor power (see 6:3).*The sovereign God alsowas the covenant,redeemer God.
*The singers depicted Godas a mighty warrior Whowielded His power tovanquish His enemies.*They affirmed thatthrough the exodus, theircovenant God had given
clear evidence of Hissovereign might.*God keeps every promiseHe makes.*His consistency in doingso gives us strength andencouragement.
*It provides confidence aswe face the future.*Our proper response toHis keeping His word iscontinuing praise.