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Summary: 1) The Amazing Song of Moses (Revelation 15:3a), 2) The Amazing Song of the Lamb (Revelation 15:3b-4a), 3) The Amazing song of the Nations (Revelation 14:b).

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Christmas music tends to separate people into two camps: people tend to either love it or hate it. For those who hate it, they will often either just tune it out, or just turn the channel for this one time of year. Even for those who love Christmas music, it tends to be a one a year delicacy. People regard the music as amazingly tacky or amazingly beautiful.

In Revelation 15, the Apostle John recounts the song of Moses and of the Lamb. What is most amazing to John is how he sees the birth of Christ not as a one off event, but God interweaving His redemptive purpose. From the first song in scripture to the last, this song ties together God’s redemptive purpose.

What if we looked at Christmas music from another perspective? Instead of seeing it as an isolated event in time looking at the birth of Christ, we saw it as part of a continuum of theology. Music is very important to God not only in what it says but as part of the broader narrative of redemptive history.

Revelation 15 weaves the broader message of Christmas together linking the totality of God’s redemptive purpose. In it we see: 1) The Amazing Song of Moses (Revelation 15:3a), 2) The Amazing Song of the Lamb (Revelation 15:3b-4a), 3) The Amazing song of the Nations (Revelation 14:b).

1) The Amazing Song of Moses (Revelation 15:3a)

Revelation 15:3a [3]And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, (and the song of the Lamb, saying, "Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!)

The context of Revelation 15 is one of faithfulness that triumphs. Notice how this is a collective praise in the descriptive: they sing. It is a song of corporate, not individual, salvation (cf. Gen. 3:15). (Utley, R. J. (2001). Hope in Hard Times - The Final Curtain: Revelation (Vol. Volume 12, p. 109). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.)

• There is nothing wrong in personally delighting in redemption and singing ourselves of the coming of Jesus. But there are times where we should come together corporately and collectively praise His coming and victory that we all enjoy.

The song of Moses, the first of several songs recorded in the Old Testament, was one where the Israelites sang a song of praise when the Lord gave them water in the wilderness (Num. 21:17–18). This is probably the song that Moses sang (or, the song that Moses composed (Bratcher, R. G., & Hatton, H. (1993). A handbook on the Revelation to John (p. 225). New York: United Bible Societies. )

In a like manner we see, Deborah and Barak sang a triumphant victory song celebrating Israel’s defeat of the Canaanites, whose forces were led by the notorious Sisera (Judg. 5:1–31). There was a song sung to the Lord as part of the restoration of true worship in Hezekiah’s day (2 Chron. 29:27). In addition, David and others wrote the Psalms, the hymnbook of ancient Israel, and Solomon wrote the Song of Solomon.

• Song is an excellent vehicle for both remembrance and celebration of events. With the coming of Christ, our song of praise to the Father in sending the Son etches in our mind the wonder and amazement of God’s love for us.


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