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“The LORD is a Man of War”

Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD, saying,


“I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.The LORD is my strength and my song,and he has become my salvation;this is my God, and I will praise him,my father’s God, and I will exalt him.The LORD is a man of war;the LORD is his name.­-Exodus 15:1-3


This morning, my reading led me to Exodus Chapter 15 (where this previous passage is). The people of Israel were frightened, their backs up against the sea (God had led them there on purpose). They cried out to the Lord and the complained to Moses “were there not enough graves in Egypt that you had to lead us into the Wilderness to die?” but God had a plan and a purpose. He wanted to show Israel, Egypt (and, indeed, the world) that He fought for His people whom He established. And when the people were rescued, as God covered the Egyptians in the sea, they sang.


I thought a while about this line “The LORD is a man of War.” Of course God is not a man, though in Christ Jesus, He became one. And I thought of how prophetic this line really is. What they did not understand then, we know now. Jesus is not indifferent to our sufferings. Jesus isn’t washing His hands of our situations. Jesus is preparing to return, and all of His enemies shall be made His footstool. The thought is both comforting and terrifying! We want to imagine Jesus as being meek and mild, and yet in His humanity, he flipped tables, and rebuked those who would be His enemies. And some day, He’s coming back as a King, not lowly on a colt of a Donkey, but a Triumphant King, scarred and bloody, triumphant from His Victory over Sin and Death, and all will either be reconciled or reckoned with. He knows all. He sees all. He will deal with it all. Take care, and make sure that He knows you and that you know Him!


Exodus 15:1-21


Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD, saying,


“I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;

the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

The LORD is my strength and my song,

and he has become my salvation;

this is my God, and I will praise him,

my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

The LORD is a man of war;

the LORD is his name.


 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea,

and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea.

The floods covered them;

they went down into the depths like a stone.

Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power,

your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.

In the greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries;

you send out your fury; it consumes them like stubble.

At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up;

the floods stood up in a heap;

the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.

The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake,

I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.

I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.

’You blew with your wind; the sea covered them;

they sank like lead in the mighty waters.


 “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods?

Who is like you, majestic in holiness,

awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?

You stretched out your right hand;

the earth swallowed them.


 “You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed;

you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.

The peoples have heard; they tremble;

pangs have seized the inhabitants of Philistia.

Now are the chiefs of Edom dismayed;

trembling seizes the leaders of Moab;

all the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.

Terror and dread fall upon them;

because of the greatness of your arm, they are still as a stone,

till your people, O LORD, pass by,

till the people pass by whom you have purchased.

You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain,

the place, O LORD, which you have made for your abode,

the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established.

The LORD will reign forever and ever.”


For when the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought back the waters of the sea upon them,

but the people of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst of the sea. Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing. And Miriam sang to them:


“Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;

the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”

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