The greatness and the glory of God are shown in His
dealings with Israel. Let us joyfully remember that this God is our God
forever and ever.
1-2. "When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of
Jacob from a people of strange language; Judah was His sanctuary, and Israel
Grievous was Israel's slavery in the land of Egypt. They
were oppressed by tyrants, aliens in blood and speech. Their history should
remind us that when we were lost by sin God sent redemption through His
beloved Son, and called us into the kingdom of liberty and grace. Israel
thus delivered was raised to be a peculiar people. They were consecrated to
the service of the Lord. They had His sanctuary and His laws, His temple and
His ordinances. The priestly office solemnized its rites, and God was
acknowledged as their King. So, also, we are no more our own. We are
ransomed, that we may delight in His ordinances and serve Him as our
3-4. "The sea saw it, and fled; Jordan was driven
back. The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs."
When the set time of deliverance comes, no obstacles can
check. The waters of the Red Sea seem to forbid escape from Egypt. The
waters of Jordan seem to forbid entrance into Canaan. But at God's word they
parted, and there was a dry passage for the hosts. Thus departure from
perils was effected; thus entrance into the promised land was gained. Let
faith take courage. The same power still works. The chosen seed shall depart
in triumph from the captivity of Satan, and in triumph enter their eternal
home. In Israel's march, also, astounding prodigies were shown. The
strongest mountains trembled at God's presence and the gaping earth obeyed
His mandates. Mighty powers are arrayed in opposition to God's people; but
when the Lord speaks, trembling and quaking shake their might. "Who are you,
O great mountain; before Zerubbabel, you shall become a plain."
5-8. "What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? Jordan,
that you were driven back? mountains, that you skipped like rams; and little
hills, like lambs? Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the
presence of the God of Jacob; who turned the rock into a standing water, the
flint into a fountain of waters."
These marvelous interpositions were the direct acts of
God. No natural causes produced these prodigies. This truth is enforced by
lively questions addressed to inanimate objects. The presence of the Lord
effected all. We next are reminded that providential care supplied their
needs in the wilderness; the flinty rock melted, and streams in abundance
flowed. These emblems teach that God's people shall have every need
relieved. "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their
tongue fails for thirst, I the Lord will hear them; I the God of Jacob will
not forsake them." O Lord, be it unto us according to Your gracious word!
Supply all our need, according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus!