Exodus 13–15, Psalm 21, Matthew 22
The famous story of the Israelites’ exodus, via miraculous escape from pursuing Egyptian armies through a parted Red Sea, culminates in the Song of Moses. Anglicans may know this as a canticle for Morning Prayer: a hymn to the Lord’s power and might, his faithfulness to the people he redeemed (Exodus 15:13).
It’s worth reflecting on the liturgical fact that as Christians sing this song, just as when we pray the psalms, we add at the end a Trinitarian coda: “Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.” This frame of Christian prayer underlines the consistency of God’s character in all of Scripture, across time and space. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Thus, God is ever interested in saving and perpetuating a people, across many generations, who may learn to say of their own life: I also came up out of Egypt (Exodus 13:8). Or, as in Jesus’ wedding banquet parable: I was one whom God found on the street and rescued and am now, by grace, clothed in life and light (Matthew 22:9-14).
In this way, we become scriptural people: a people who, by knowing the Scriptures, know the power of God, as Jesus repeatedly demonstrates to the baffled Pharisees and Sadducees.
When have you, like the Israelites, experienced God’s redeeming power in your life?
How have you been rescued by Christ?
Lord, shine the light of your Word on my life. Help me to understand and live by your teaching. Make me your humble child, glad with the joy of your presence. Amen.
-Dr. Christopher Wells
The Living Church Foundation