Exodus Chapter 15 Verses 11-13
:11 “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? 12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them. 13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.”
“Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” There is none like the LORD. There are gods many, but none of them is like the LORD. The LORD is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, has all wisdom, and many other attributes and characteristics that cannot be said of any
other. The LORD is all glorious. There is none holy as He is. He does wonders beyond our imagination. He is fearful in praises.
“Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.” The LORD had parted the waters of the Red Sea by a mighty east wind and had congealed those waters while the children of Israel crossed over the Red Sea on dry ground. When the Egyptians sought to follow after, the LORD stretched forth his right hand and the Sea returned unto its
former state and swallowed up Pharaoh and his hosts, thus, destroying the enemies of Israel.
“Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.” The work of the LORD on behalf of the children of Israel was not because they deserved to be delivered, but was as a result of God’s mercy toward them. Likewise our deliverance from the condemnation of sin is not
because of any merit in us, but because of God’s grace and mercy toward his covenant people.
The LORD led forth the people which he had redeemed out of Egyptian bondage and across the Red Sea. Likewise, the LORD leads his people today which he has redeemed.
The song of Moses said that he guided them in his strength unto His holy habitation, yet at that time they were not in his holy habitation. This showed confidence on behalf of the people that the same God who had delivered them out of Egyptian bondage and destroyed their enemies would fulfill the rest of his covenant promises that he made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Likewise, we are
not yet housed in heaven’s glory world, but we should be confident that the LORD will keep his eternal promise that he made concerning the elect that they would one day in the resurrection be glorified and carried home to heaven. Our confidence stems from the LORD gloriously delivering us from a state of being dead in trespasses and sins unto eternal spiritual life by the still small voice of the Son of God and of
the knowledge of the LORD’s delivering us from the condemnation of sin upon the cross of Calvary.
:14 “The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina. 15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. 16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as
still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased. 17 Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.”
The news of what the LORD did in parting the waters of the Red Sea and drowning Pharaoh and the greatest army upon the face of the earth up to that time, would have a profound effect upon the nations surrounding the children of Israel. It wasn’t that they feared the nation of Israel but they feared the God of the nation of Israel who had wrought such mighty and marvelous works in
delivering Israel. The gods of those nations were nothing compared to the God of Israel.
The children of Israel had been promised that they would possess the land of Canaan by the LORD. Because they would hear of what the LORD had done for Israel in delivering them out of Egypt fear and dread would fall upon the inhabitants of Canaan. They would tremble at the mention of the name of the LORD. They knew that they were no match to the children of Israel because of the God
of the children of Israel.
“Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.” Again the children of Israel were greatly encouraged at this time by the delivering power of God to believe that they would indeed possess the
promised land of Canaan.