Life Journal (9/10/2015) – The Song Remains the Same

Scripture   Revelation 15:2-4

And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:

“Great and amazing are your deeds,
    Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
    King of the nations!
Lord, who will not fear
    and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
    All nations will come
    and worship before you,
for your judgments have been revealed.”

Observation

  • John is describing something that is hard to describe (“it appeared”) in words
  • What does it mean for the singers to sing the “song of Moses” and the “the song of the Lamb?”
  • Only place in Revelation that refers to Moses by name
  • ALL nations will come and worship – not one or some but all
  • Two other songs of Moses in the Bible — one a song of deliverance (Exodus 15) and the other a song of witness against the Israelites who had not been faith to their deliverer (Deuteronomy 32).

Application

When John sees this vision from God of the church’s deliverance, he harkens back to “the song of Moses.” Moses’ two songs elsewhere in the Bible are about deliverance but also judgment, a reminder that God has delivered but that not all respond or rejoice at God’s deliverance.

 As someone has said, the more things change the more they remain the same. God the Deliverer appears again and again in Scripture. And the reminder of how quickly we forget, or don’t respond at all, is very real.

Today I celebrate the delivering power of God – seen long ago in Moses’ leadership of the people from Egypt but most perfectly and ultimately in the Lamb, Jesus Christ.

Prayer

Strong Deliverer, I praise you today! I sing the song of Moses and of the Lamb, the song of praise and deliverance. May I not forget where my deliverance lies, where my hope rests, where my praise should go. In the name of the Lamb who delivers from sin and death… Amen.

 

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