Exodus 15:2 & 18 “The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.18 The LORD will reign forever and ever.”
What God had accomplished in the Hebrews hearts and minds was no less dramatic and powerful than his redeeming acts in the crossing of the sea, and the Hebrews knew it, standing safely on the far side of the sea. Their sovereign, all-powerful, one-and-only God had watched over them and redeemed them from Egypt. As the Israelites danced and sang praises to the God who had redeemed them, they had no idea what great journey they had just begun. From that point on, their lives and their culture would never be the same. Their commitment to God’s lordship required them to participate obediently in his ongoing redemptive story. He had called them to bring shalom into the chaos of a sinful world, to be like Him to other people, and to learn by His grace to obey His will. Although the expression “kingdom of heaven is not found in the (Old Testament) Hebrew text, a kingdom exists whenever a king reigns. So the Hebrews sang their commitment to the God who delivered them. There was no uncertainty that He was their reigning King. They did not know the ending, but God did, and does today.
John 8:36 “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
The good news of God’s kingdom that Jesus proclaimed was rooted in and shaped by the exodus experience. If we stand with the Israelites and seek to understand and celebrate their deliverance as they experienced it, we will appreciate more fully the grace-filled message and work of Jesus the Messiah. We also will be more responsive to the challenges, responsibilities, and privileges of being disciples of Jesus who are eager participants in God’s amazing story and are committed to obey His will.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
And when the people see the finger of God, the result is a dance of celebration on the shore of the sea, saying: “He is King!” But God is asking to us, “I am blessed that you would call me King, but I want to know if I am your King?” “Do I rule in your life?” “You call me King, but do I reign?” “Am I in charge in your life?” Is the kingdom “active” in your life, because you obey God as your King? Good questions.
God of the Universe reigns forever and ever. The Lord is reigning.
In Christ, Brian