Summary: The song of Moses - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com
God's victory is announced (vs 1-5),
God's weapons are described (vs 6- 10),
God's character is extolled (vs 11-16a).
God's promises are fulfilled (vs 16b-18).
• It was the late American pastor and author Donald Barnhouse;
• Who stunned his congregation one Sunday morning by declaring;
• “Prayer changes nothing”.
• The church was packed full of people, they were shocked;
• The people were stunned, the silence was deafening;
• You could have heard a pin drop.
• Now his comment was deliberately designed to make folks think.
• And the point he wanted to make was this;
• “It is God who THROUGH prayer changes things!”
• Talking of prayer, I like the story of the 72 year old woman;
• Who was getting ready for bed one night and as she looked in the mirror;
• She noticed her grey hair, her wrinkled brow and so she sighed;
• And prayed this prayer;
• “Please God give me the skin like a teenager’s”
• The next morning she woke up covered in acne!
• So be careful what you pray for!
• The number one thing you are commanded to do in scripture is pray.
• The number two thing you are commanded to do in scripture is to sing.
• This prayer in chapter 15 is actually a song;
• So this morning you are getting the best of both!
• I wonder how many of you watch the TV shows ‘Britain’s got talent’?
• Or ‘The X Factor’.
• Or ‘Pop Idol’ or its U.S. counterpart, ‘American Idol’.
• There are a whole load of shows with a similar format on the various channels.
• I was channel hoping not so long ago and came across another variation;
• This programme was called; ‘Don’t forget the lyrics’.
• It is not a complicated idea;
• The host would play part of a well-known song;
• And when the artist faded out the contestant had to carry on and sing the lyrics.
• How many of you could sing or repeat the lyrics to the Song of Moses?
• If we are honest - not many of us!
Question: Did you know?
• This is the first recorded song that we have in the Bible;
• So that gives it a novelty factor.
• But more importantly if you turn in your Bibles to the last book called Revelation;
• (For time don’t do it now – that is your homework!)
• But if you read chapter 15 (verse 3) you will find this song of Moses!
• In a kind of paraphrase format.
• But this song tops and tails your Bible,
• It’s at the beginning and end of your Bibles;
• So it is an important song to enjoy and to study.
We often call this song in Exodus chapter 15 ‘The song of Moses’:
• If you were Jewish you would call it by another name:
• The Jews call it ‘The song at the sea’.
• Hebrew: ‘Shirat ha-Yam’ (lit. “Song of the Sea”)
• This song/poem is included in Jewish prayer books,
• And recited daily in the morning ‘shacharit’ services.
• Which is the daily morning-prayer time (‘Tefillah’) of the Jewish people.
• So I guess most religious Jews would know the lyrics of this song!
• It would be as familiar to them as Psalm 23 is to us.
• Like most songs, this one also has a story behind it;
• So before we look at the song let’s remind ourselves of the background.
Background to the song: Victory!
• The year 1263.
• The place Scotland.
• The enemy the Danes.
• Scotland and Denmark were at war;
• And one night the Danish army managed to land unobserved on the coast of Scotland.
• Under cover of darkness the Danish invaders removed their boots;
• And crept on bare feet toward the unsuspecting Scottish army.
• Victory seemed certain for the invaders;
• When suddenly a sharp cry of pain shattered the stillness.
• A Danish soldier had stepped on a thistle and ruined the surprise.
• The alerted Scots sprang into action;
• And managed to fend off the invaders who soon fled from the country’s shores.
• TRANSITON: Like the people of Scotland;
• The Hebrew people had an enemy attack them.
• If you know the story then you are aware that;
• God chooses Moses to lead the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt;
• And into the land of Canaan, which God has promised to them.
• After much persuasion;
• In fact it took 10 plagues that grew increasing worse in intensity,
• The Egyptian pharaoh finally agreed to their departure;