Exodus 15:1-21 – Sing to the Lord a New Song

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When things are going great in our lives, it’s easy to sing praises to the Lord. It’s when things are not going well that people tend to fall away and think that God has abandoned them. This is such a great song of praise. Moses and the people had just experienced something so powerful it would make the history books for sure. God’s word, even better!

Overcome with emotion and overflowing with gratitude the people sang. What a beautiful song and tribute to God these verses are. As I understand it, music was an important part of Israel’s worship and celebration. It only makes sense that the people would break out in song to give praise to God for his victory over the Egyptians. Never once do they take any credit for the majesty of God.

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Exodus 14:15-31 – Can You Believe What Just Happened?

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When is the last time you walked across a body of water on dry land? I imagine the walls of water standing beside us as if encased in glass. If you’ve ever encountered a flood or the devastation left behind, you know how powerful water can be. God’s power was greater. He was not through showing the people. He wanted there to be no doubt.

How about in your own life? Have you made it through something that seemed unsurmountable at the time, but miraculously you got through it? I think of our move abroad. When I walked around a house full of memories and “things” I had a difficult time imagining how we could get it all packed and moved. After collecting a lifetime of treasures, we had to decide what made the cut and what we would be donating or trying to sell. We prayed ourselves through the process. God continued to open doors (part the waters) for us at every turn.

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Exodus 13:17-14:14 – The Wilderness Journey Begins

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When God is your GPS, you follow where he leads. Even if it means he’s taking you way out of the way. When our GPS (we use Waze app) tells us to go out of our way, it’s to protect us from some long delay or unforeseen road blockage down the road we wouldn’t see otherwise. God had his reason to protect his people from the shortcut, too.

The Israelites were finally on their way. God continued to show up to protect and lead the way. The pillars of cloud and fire, by day and by night, were there to remind them of God’s presence. When I’m feeling a little lost and unsure of myself, I would sure love to look up and see a pillar of cloud or fire showing me the way. But we do have God close by, we don’t need a billow of smoke to remind us of that.

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Exodus 12:43-13:16 – Remember This

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The exodus from Egypt was a big deal. It is an event still remembered today. A tradition kept because God said so. We heard in our last reading that not only did the Israelites leave Egypt with God’s help, but other slaves and tag-alongs did as well. Our reading today sets the guidelines for the remembrance and how it should be commemorated.

Like an army, it says, the Lord brought the people out. That must have been quite a spectacle. The people were on their way to a new reality that we will see unfold in the days ahead. For now, we should read this passage as a word from God to remember him. Do you celebrate the Passover in your tradition? If not, today’s reading will be a good reminder of what God decreed.

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Exodus 12:29-42 – Here We Go!

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God’s word is true. It is now, and it was then. All firstborn children and animals perished that night. On the anniversary of the Israelites’ 430th year in Egypt, they were on their way at last. Death was the final straw. Pharaoh was not going to change his mind. Was he?

The title of this book is “Exodus” and what we see beginning in these verses is the great exodus from Egypt. It was a quick move. There wasn’t a lot of time to think and to plan. God had told them what they needed to do. God had given them favor with the Egyptians so that they left with a lot more than they had come. We hear they “stripped the wealth” of the Egyptians.

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