Have you seen the glory of God?
By Don Ruhl
I want to show you something that must have been spectacular for Israel, but that foreshadows similar experiences we can have now and later.
Do you want to experience the spectacular? Do you want to be part of something big? Do you want to do something that even heaven wants to see your part in it? When you were young and in sports or a school program, you looked to see where your parents were, and whether they were watching. We can do something that our Father in heaven shall see!
First, I want to show you what Israel experienced.
Exodus 15.1a God Destroyed the Beast of Egypt
Why did Israel sing a song to the Lord? Israel had lived in Egypt for four centuries, most of the time as slaves. Finally, God sent Moses to lead Israel out, but Pharaoh refused to let Israel go. God put ten plagues upon Egypt to persuade them to let Israel go, turning all the waters of Egypt into blood, filling the land with frogs, putting lice upon every Egyptian, filling the land with flies, killing the livestock of Egypt, putting boils upon every person, raining fiery hail upon the land, sending locusts, making Egypt totally dark, and killing all the firstborn in Egypt, but the Israelites did not experience any of those things.
Then Pharaoh let Israel go.
Amazingly, Pharaoh changed his mind and with his army pursued the Israelites, trapping them between the Red Sea, the mountains, and the Egyptian army. Israel feared exceedingly, and believed they had met their end.
Then Exodus 14 records the magnificent words of Moses, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” (Exo 14.13–14).
Then Moses stretched out the rod in his hand and the waters of the Red Sea parted, and the pillar of fire and cloud in which was the Angel of God moved from before Israel, going rearward to keep the Egyptians away from Israel. Israel walked across dry land with walls of water on either side and when they reached the other side, the Angel of God moved to let the Egyptians go the same route, but when the army was completely in the middle of the Red Sea, God caused the walls of water to collapse upon the Egyptians, drowning every one of them.
The Bible says, “So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Thus Israel saw the great work which the LORD had done in Egypt; so the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD and His servant Moses” (Exo 14.30, 31).
Was all that something to celebrate? Yes, Moses and Israel saw the glory of God and they sang about it.
Exodus 15.1b–5 God: Glorious in Victory
“I will sing to the LORD, for He has triumphed gloriously…” (Exo 15.1b–5).
God showed His glory in victory by defeating Israel’s enemies in a new and unique way! Israel wanted the world to know, according to verse 2, that this was their God, and He is our God, who will also do marvelous things for us!
Exodus 15.6–10 God: Glorious in Power
“Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power…” (Exo 15.6–10).
Dividing the Red Sea for Israel, but closing it upon the Egyptians certainly showed power, the power of God’s right hand, or as Moses wrote in verse 8, the blast of God’s nostrils separated the waters, then verse 10 says He blew upon the walled up waters and they came crashing down upon the Egyptians.
Exodus 15.11–13 God: Glorious in Holiness
“Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness…” (Exo 15.11–13).
God is glorious in holiness. What other god compares to the God of Israel? He did—and He does—things that no other god can do. Does history record a god delivering its people as Israel’s God did? He is holy, causing the earth to open its mouth and swallow the enemy, leading Israel to God’s holy habitation.
Exodus 15.14–18 God: Glorious in Power
“The people will hear and be afraid…” (Exo 15.14–18).
The peoples in the Land of Canaan did hear what God did and they feared, which is why Rahab joined the Israelites. The peoples knew what God was doing, bringing Israel out of Egypt to give them Canaan. Rahab confessed that the hearts of her people did melt, just as Moses prophesied in this song. People throughout the area heard of the glorious power of God and they either respected it or fought it.
Exodus 15.19 God: Glorious in Works
“For the horses of Pharaoh went with his chariots and his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought back the waters of the sea upon them. But the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea” (Exo 15.19).
Think on what this God did! If you are a Christian, He is also your God, who can do things for you that you never imagined. You may not see a miracle as Israel did, but He still works just as much as He did then, working behind the scenes for you.
Exodus 15.20, 21 Say It Again! God: Glorious in Victory
“Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam answered them: ‘Sing to the LORD, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!” (Exo 15.20, 21).
Moses led Israel in song and his big sister led the women in song, taking the opening words of her little brother in verse 1 and having the women repeat them. The glory of God in victory has to be said again! Do not forget that God uses victories over the enemies of His people to show His glory. Therefore, whatever ails you, seek God’s glory in the matter and He will show it.
I showed you something that was spectacular for Israel, but remember that it foreshadows a similar experience we can have now and that we can have later.
- Do you want to experience the spectacular?
- Do you want to be part of something big?
- Do you want to do something that even heaven wants to see your part in it?
First, here is what you can experience now. First Corinthians 10 shows another thing that happened when Israel walked through the Red Sea and it is something you can do today, “Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ” (1Co 10.1–4).
You can be baptized into Christ! You will go through the water and God will deliver you from your Egyptian bondage known as sin and guilt.
Second, be watching for the next article to appear on TheBibleMeditator.com, “Who Shall Not Fear the Lord and Glorify His Name?” to hear the experience you can have later.
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