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.
18 The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.
19 For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the Lord brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.
K.J.V. Bible Text
In today’s reading, Moses foretells how the Hebrews will overcome the inhabitants of Palestina and Canaan. He foretells the fear and dread they will experience when the Hebrews come to the land the Lord has ordained to be theirs.
It’s easy to see that the assistance of the Lord in the crossing over the Red Sea has given the Hebrews confidence, and they know that with the Lord on their side they will prevail over any resistance.
Exodus 15 v. 18 says, “The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.” We know that this is true. The kingdom of the Lord is indeed forever. However, in the centuries since the Lord rolled back the very waters of the Red Sea, many people have come to think of his mighty miracles as pleasant stories. They may not believe them or they may try to prove that all the events of the Exodus from Egypt were natural phenomena that occurred at that time by coincidence. Perhaps it is time for the world to remember that when Egypt doubted the power of the Lord, that power was amply demonstrated. If we in turn fail to honor the Lord, what may be in store for us?
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