“God Becomes Salvation” (Exodus 15: 2, HCSB) by Carley Evans

Moses asks, “Lord, who is like You among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, revered with praises, performing wonders?” (Exodus 15: 11)

The wonders to which Moses and the children of Israel refer include the parting of the Red Sea and the drowning of Pharaoh’s charioteers and armies, the plagues designed both to convince Pharaoh to let God’s people go and to harden his heart, the pillar of cloud and the Angel of God moving between the children of Israel and the forces of Egypt.

Moses sings, “The Lord is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation. This is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

Moses recalls his own rescue from death at birth. The midwives tell the king of Egypt who desires to curb the growth of Israel by killing all newborn sons that “Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before a midwife can get to them.” (Exodus 1: 19) Therefore, Moses’ mother has time to hide her son for three months before placing him in a papyrus basket and setting him among the reeds along the banks of the Nile. The basket is found by Pharaoh’s daughter, and Moses as a result grows up in the household of his enemy after being nursed by his own mother.

Moses praises God: “You lead the people You redeem with Your faithful love; You guide them to Your holy dwelling with Your strength.” (Exodus 15: 13)