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A Vanquished Enemy — Exodus 15

The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” (Exodus 15:2)

What a sight it must have been to behold. Exodus 14:30 tells us that the Hebrews “saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.” Imagine, the might and power of the finest of Egypt’s military, with Pharaoh himself in command, laid to waste in an instant, crushed not by armed soldiers, but by the weight of the sea crashing down upon them. “Let us flee from the face of Israel”, they had cried, “for the Lord fighteth for them…” (Ex. 14:25). But it had been too late. Fulfilling the promise that Moses had made to the Children of Israel, God had indeed fought for them (Ex. 14:14), not a single Hebrew had lifted a hand to resist the enemy.

The same people who had all too recently cried out in fear and doubt to Moses, lamenting that they had been led out to the wilderness only to be slaughtered (Ex. 14:12), now beheld the lifeless bodies of their tormentors strewn along the beach. There is an unparalleled exultation, an unbridled joy that fills the soul in fear of certain demise when reprieve suddenly and unexpectedly appears, providing escape from impending doom. All the more is the rejoicing of the soul that is profoundly saved to the uttermost, the threatening peril not merely abated but annihilated.

The pursuit of the Egyptians was not just temporarily avoided, it was completely derailed. In a single night, the object of the Hebrews persecution, the source of their fears and reluctance to walk in the freedom that God was providing, had been obliterated. If only those of us in Christ realized that our own redemption and deliverance is no less thorough! Were we to stop long enough to look around us we, too, would see that the enemy is not drawing ever-closer in pursuit, but lies “dead” along the shoreline. God has removed the wheels of the chariots, He has blunted the swords and broken the spears of our own enemy. Though our own adversary is not literally dead, he is a toothless lion whose only real power lies in our willingness to fear his roar.

To God goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

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4 responses

  1. Thanks, Loren

    There is something about knowing that it is indeed finished. That we don’t have to fight anymore. That we don’t have to worry about the “toothless” enemy that has been lying to us for years.

    “In a single night, the object of the Hebrews persecution, the source of their fears and reluctance to walk in the freedom that God was providing, had been obliterated.”
    Just like that! He did it. He fixed it once and for all… there’s really no reason for us to fear what doesn’t exist … is there?

    Praying He will open our eyes to the truth that is around us. The truth that what we feared has long been conquered. The truth that the Lord our God has long defeated our enemies! Is that reason to rejoice or what?!

    Blessings
    ann

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  2. Wow Loren. This one was shorter, but so packed a punch. You’ve got me thinking . . .a good thing!
    Yesterday, my daughter had to get her blood drawn. She gets so afraid, so fearful. I think that is the worst part for her, causing her more pain than the actual needle going in. It’s the fear.
    We do have an adversary. He still launches attacks. But what you’ve helped me see is that I don’t have to fear him because of what Jesus has done. :) Oh, you have opened my eyes to something good! Thank you so much! God bless you and keep you!

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  3. It’s funny, nowhere in Scripture are we ever told to fear the devil, but we are told to fear the Lord. The Lord Jesus drove this point home when He said to not fear those whose power ends with the death of our bodies, but He Who holds the power over what happens to a person after they have died: God alone (Luke 12:4-5).

    The story has been told of Oliver Cromwell, the man who stood against the tyranny of the British Crown in the 17th Century, who was once asked how he could so boldly enter the battlefield with a seeming reckless abandon for his own safety. “When one truly has a fear of God”, he responded, “he need fear no man.” Somehow, so many of us in the modern Church have gotten it backwards: we fear the devil and other people and have little or no real fear or reverence of our mighty God.

    We know that God loves us and we need not tremble before Him, but we do well to remember how awesome and powerful He is and that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).

    Thanks so much, Ann, for your thoughts on this. God bless you :)

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  4. Yes, this was shorter. I am trying to spread my entries out a little more and keep them briefer. I will be going to a Monday through Friday posting schedule, Lord willing, but with a greater emphasis on a single point or couple of verses each day rather than trying to look at an entire chapter at a time. Hope you like this and that it works out better for everyone :)

    I feel for your daughter, getting blood drawn can be a scary thing :( I read an article a while back that was talking about the age-old advice to look away when getting blood drawn or getting a shot. New research is now showing that it seems that the needle hurts less when the patient watches what the nurse is doing rather than looking away. Something about the fear of the unknown makes the anxiety so much worse, they say. When we know exactly what is going on and can see the moment the needle pierces the skin, we are better prepared for the shock. I don’t know if that will make me any more likely to look at the needle next time, but it does seem to be true that I am less afraid of things when I know what’s going on!

    Thank the Lord that the wicked one cannot touch those born of God (1 John 5:18). Jesus has given us the victory, indeed :)

    Thanks, Deb, for sharing your thoughts on this. God bless you :)

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