Just as the Exodus was the starting point of Israel’s salvation, so is our rescue from the kingdom of darkness just the beginning of our spiritual journey.
But the enemy of our souls does not let go easily; he usually tries to draw us back into bondage.
Sometimes when our backs are up against the wall, as was the case with Israel standing at the Red Sea, we wonder: “What should I do? What should I do?”
Instead of panicking and getting angry at others, we can move on in faith, believing that He will save us. After that, we need to enter into His rest and wait on the Lord for further instructions.
If we remember that the Lord fights our battles for us; then we can quiet our inner turmoil and trust in Him, hold our peace and refuse to speak unbelief when pushed to our limits.
Shabbat Shirah (Sabbath of Singing)
“Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.” (Exodus 15:1)
This Shabbat has a special name—“Shabbat Shirah” (Sabbath of Singing)—because the Song of the Sea will be recited in the synagogue.
The Israelites sang this song with great joy after they passed safely through the Red Sea, but witnessed the Pharaoh’s armies destroyed in the Sea.
While the Song of the Sea forms the high point of the reading, the Song of Deborah is also read in the Haftarah portion (prophetic) of the reading (Judges 4:4–5:31). That song was sung by Deborah, the only female judge mentioned in the Bible, after Sisera, the commander of the Canaanite army, was killed by Yael.
Singing praise to the Lord is one of the highest forms of spiritual warfare.
The Book of Revelation establishes a clear link between praise, warfare, and Shir Moshe (Song of Moses):
Those defeating the beast, its image and the number of its name were standing by the sea of glass, holding harps which God had given them. They were singing the Song of Moshe, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: Great and wonderful are the things you have done, Adonai, God of heaven’s armies! (Revelation 15:2–3)
When we experience adversity and yet believe that God can and will bring us through to victory, we are transformed into overcomers who will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.
Passing Through to the Other Side
“And the Egyptians said, ‘Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.’” (Exodus 14:25)
After the Israelites passed through the Red Sea safely, God hindered the Egyptian army by removing their chariot wheels.
As the water returned to its natural state, Pharaoh and the Egyptians realized they were fighting with the one true God, but it was too late.
The Egyptian army drowned in the sea, just as the Egyptians by Pharaoh’s command had drowned the Hebrew baby boys in the Nile River.
We see here God’s standard put into practice: whatever the nations do to Israel, God will return in equal measure for good or for evil. He will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. (Genesis 12:3)
The nations who today are coming against Israel are fighting against the Lord, and one day, they will also realize this.
The Coming Judgment of the Nations
Scripture describes a last-days scenario for Israel that seems similar to the Red Sea experience. But instead of one nation coming against God’s people, all nations will try to overpower them.
I will judge him with plague and with blood, I will cause torrential rain to fall on him, his troops and the many peoples with him, along with huge hailstones, fire and sulfur. I will show my greatness and holiness, making myself known in the sight of many nations; then they will know that I am Adonai. (Ezekiel 38:22–23)
When the nations come against Israel, it will look like a hopeless situation, just as it seemed when the Israelites were trapped between the Egyptian army, the mountains, and the Red Sea.
Just like back then, the Lord will supernaturally intervene to save Israel.
As God judged Egypt with plagues, God will judge the nations with plagues, so that they will know that He is Adonai.
For I will gather all the nations against Yerushalayim [Jerusalem] for war… Then Adonai will go out and fight against those nations, fighting as on a day of battle. On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives….
Then Adonai will be king over the whole world. On that day Adonai will be the only one, and his name will be the only name. (Zechariah 14:2–9)
On this glorious day, the Jewish people in the nations, and especially here in Israel, will know that God has saved them, and they will believe in Him, and in His servant, the Branch, the shoot out of Jesse, Yeshua King Messiah.