BIBLE: Exodus Chapter 15 – Headline “Imagine…There’s a Heaven! The King Dances With His Bride.” []

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Exodus 15

  • The singing, dancing and joy of the Hebrews who escaped death at the hands of the Pharaoh is also a prophetic metaphor describing how all the children of Abraham (Jew and Gentile) will one day rejoice when the waters of mayhem of this world will divide in order for believers to “get to the promised land above” and escape Satan, who is the sea monster, and his purposeful evil intents.
  • Imagine the rush of relief in escaping death and terror on every side, even as joy explodes in the exhilaration of falling into the arms of God. Such is the singing and dancing of the historical Exodus and the prophetic Rapture.

The Song of Moses

Exodus 15:1 Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), and spoke, saying:
“I will sing to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!
  • Exodus 14:27 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord over threw the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
    • Egypt is symbolic of worldliness. It is literally means being bound up in grave clothes.
  • Exodus 14:28 Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained. 29 But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
    • Note: Not a single Hebrew died, not one Egyptian remained.
  • Prophetically, at the end of the seven year tribulation, the four horses of the apocalypse who ride through the mahem of the waters of people, are thrown into the lake of fire: the white, red, black, and pale horse which are the Antichrist, war, famine, and death combined with hell. This is a story on two levels; one in the past and one for the future.
Exodus 15:2 The Lord () is my strength (ʿōz) and song,
  • Psa 74:13
    You divided the sea by Your strength (ʿōz: it’s root; to be stout – literally, figuratively, and prophetically); You broke the heads of the sea serpents in the waters (of people).
    • (The sea was divided during the exodus, and the “heads of the sea serpents” refer to the Egyptian leaders including the Pharaoh who chased the Hebrews through the Red Sea, under the influence and pride of Satan. A sea serpent is called “Leviathan”. See Topic: Satan as the Leviathan).
  • Prophetically:
    • The coming Antichrist is the little horn in Daniel whose countenance was stouter than his companions. Dan 7:20
    • Armageddon: the God of strength vs the Antichrist of strength, the sea monster who lives in the sea of people.
    • Jesus will slay the leviathan and throw his body into the lake of fire.
    • The heads of the Leviathan (Satan) are the nations who come against God’s chosen people from ages past to the near future.
And He has become my Salvation (yᵊšûʿâ);
  • Prophecy Fulfillment Alert: Acts 7:55-56 (His exaltation predicted as Jesus the Messiah – “Yeshua” which means “Salvation”) (Old Testament prophecy fulfilled by Jesus)
He is my God (‘ēl), and I will praise Him;
My father’s God (‘ĕlōhîm), and I will exalt Him.
  • Exodus 3:6
    Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”
  • El is singular, one person of the Godhead, the Trinity. Elohim is the “council of the Godhead”; all Three, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The first meeting of the council was before creation when Jesus vowed to fulfill his oath to be the Passover Lamb in order to Redeem mankind whom He had not yet created.
    • Revelation 13:8
      All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
    • Hebrews 12:2
      looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

      And, like Jonah…Jesus fulfilled His vow.
    • Jonah 2:9
      But I will sacrifice (myself) to You With the songs of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation (Jesus) is of the Lord.”
Exodus 15:3 The Lord (Yĕhovah) is a man of war;
The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) is His name.
  • Exo 3:14
    And God (‘elohiym) said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM “
    (hayah hayah: I exist I exist) (Yĕhovah).
    And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel,
    ‘I AM has sent me (Moses) to you.’ ”
Exodus 15:4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea;
His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea.
  • According to the letters of Hatsheput, there were no nobles, no priests left in Egypt. Only the slaves and the Queen were left.
Exodus 15:5 The depths have covered them;
They sank to the bottom like a stone.
  • Psalm 76:5
    The stouthearted were plundered; They have sunk into their sleep; And none of the mighty men have found the use of their hands.
Exodus 15:6 “Your Right Hand, O Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), has become glorious in power;
Your Right Hand, O Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), has dashed the enemy in pieces.
Exodus 15:7 And in the greatness of Your excellence
You have overthrown those who rose against You;
You sent forth Your wrath;
It consumed them like stubble.
  • Malachi 4:1 The Great Day of God
    “For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” Says the Lord of hosts, “That will leave them neither root nor branch.
Exodus 15:8 And with the blast of Your nostrils
The waters were gathered together;
The floods stood upright like a heap;
The depths congealed in the heart of the sea.
  • At the end of the tribulation God gathers the nations together for battle.
Exodus 15:9 The enemy said, ‘I will pursue,
I will overtake,
I will divide the spoil;
My desire shall be satisfied on them.
I will draw my sword,
My hand shall destroy them.’
Exodus 15:10 You blew with Your wind (ruwach),
The sea covered them;
They sank (rolled downward) like lead in the mighty waters (mayim danger, violence).
  • God’s wind is His Holy Spirit. At the end of days when Jesus returns to meet His adversary at Armageddon; He brings with Him all the hosts of heaven. These are not the sea of people but the seas of heaven who will come like the flood of a broken dam and the enemy will sink to the bottom because Satan’s heart is as hard as a millstone, pulling him and those with him ever down ward. The curses of thorns in which he condemned mankind is now circling his head like seaweed. The Antichrist is vomited out of his watery grave like an abominable branch, and thrown into the Lake of Fire.
Exodus 15:11 “Who is like You, O Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), among the gods (council of men)?
Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
Fearful in praises, doing wonders?
  • Prophecy Fulfillment Alert: Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27 (His Character-Holiness) (Old Testament prophecy fulfilled by Jesus)
Exodus 15:12 You stretched out Your right hand;
The earth swallowed them.
  • Symbolically, God’s right hand is His Son in the same way a King’s right hand is the prince, his son.
Exodus 15:13 You in Your mercy have led forth
The people whom You have redeemed;
You have guided them in Your strength
To Your holy habitation (Jerusalem).
  • The redeemed of the Lord: Those who have partaken of God’s Passover Lamb.
Exodus 15:14 “The people will hear and be afraid;
Sorrow will take hold of the inhabitants of Philistia.
  • A prophetic statement of the Hebrews leaving Egypt and preparing to enter Philistine.
Exodus 15:15 Then the chiefs of Edom (sons of Esau) will be dismayed;
The mighty men of Moab (sons of Lot),
Trembling will take hold of them;
All the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away.
  • Historical:
    • Numbers 22:1 Then the children of Israel moved, and camped in the plains of Moab on the side of the Jordan across from Jericho.
      Now Balak … saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. And Moab was exceedingly afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was sick with dread because of the children of Israel. So Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this company will lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.” And Balak … was king of the Moabites at that time. Then he sent messengers to Balaam … to call him, saying: “Look, a people has come from Egypt. See, they cover the face of the earth, and are settling next to me! Therefore please come at once, curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me.
Exodus 15:16 Fear and dread will fall on them;
By the greatness of Your arm
They will be as still as a stone,
Till Your people pass over, O Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
Till the people pass over
Whom You have purchased.
  • Notes:
    • The angel of death passed over the Hebrews on their last night in Egypt.
    • The Hebrews crossed over from the death of Egypt into the life of a new land.
    • To pass over literally means to cross over the Jordan River into the Promised Land which is how the Hebrews got their name. “Hebrew” in Hebrew means “to cross over” which is related to “the Passover”.
  • Likewise, metaphorically, believers have crossed over from death to life.
    • John 5:24 [Life and Judgment Are Through the Son] “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
    • Romans 3:25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
Exodus 15:17 You will bring them in and plant them
In the mountain of Your inheritance,
In the place, O Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), which You have made
For Your own dwelling,
The sanctuary, O Lord (‘ăḏōnāy), which Your hands have established.
Exodus 15:18 “The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) shall reign forever and ever.”
Exodus 15:19 For the horses of Pharaoh went with his chariots and his horsemen into the sea, and the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) brought back the waters of the sea upon them. But the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.
  • The Pharaoh pursued the Hebrews into the Red Sea and were drowned with his army.
    • The pharaoh had “dammed up” the multitude of Hebrews and would not let them go.
    • Therefore; God drowned the Egyptians in sea.
    • The Pharaoh reaped what he had sown.
  • Psalm 136:13-15
    13 To Him who divided the Red Sea in two,
    For His mercy endures forever;
    14 And made Israel pass through the midst of it,
    For His mercy endures forever;
    15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,
    For His mercy endures forever;
  • Exodus 14:28
    Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained.
    • Not one Israeli died. Not one Egyptian survived.
  • Egypt was stripped of its firstborn sons (its future), its crops, its animals, its health, its army, its nobles and priests, its gold and silver, and its pharaoh. 
  • All that is left in Egypt are slaves, women, a desolate landscape, diseased livestock, a broken treasury, and the Queen. Egypt is vacated. Now Egypt is vulnerable to any enemy. What will the Queen do?
    A Must Read: The Pharaoh of the Red Sea

The Song of Miriam

  • Good Advice for today:
    • Sacrifice like Esther when she knelt before her king
    • Love like Ruth to establish a kingdom for her king
    • Serve like Martha as she waited on her king
    • Believe like Mary who wept at his feet and anointed her king
    • Pray like Hannah who kept her vows and gave her son to her king
    • Dance like Miriam whose Partner was God, her King.
Exodus 15:20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
  • The timbrel is a tambourine.
Exodus 15:21 And Miriam answered them:
“Sing to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!”

Bitter Waters Made Sweet

Exodus 15:22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.
  • The Wilderness of Shur (literally: wall)
    The root meaning of Shur is to travel, journey.
    Perhaps alongside a wall of protection.
 Exodus 15:23 Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah.
  • The meaning of the name Marah means bitter. It was a bitter thing not to find water after three days for thousands of people and all the animals.
  • As a side note: Marah is the name Naomi used for herself in the book of Ruth because of the circumstances in her life. Everyone has a time of bitterness in their lives.
  • At this time, the Hebrews were having a time of bitterness. But God has the answer.
Exodus 15:24 And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”
Exodus 15:25 So he cried out to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), and the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.
  • What did God show him? A tree.
  • Why would a tree make the waters, and our lives, sweeter? Jesus died on a tree.
    • Acts 5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree.
  • The waters were “healed”. To be healed is to be sweeter.
    • The tree thrown into the bitter waters to make them sweet might be the Moringa Tree.
      Some people call it the “Tree of Life” for its medicinal qualities and potential to solve the world’s hunger problems.
There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them,
  • A test is “If you will” … “then I will”.
Exodus 15:26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord (Yĕhovah)  your God (‘elohiym)  and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord  (Yĕhovah) who heals (Rapha’) you.”
  • Note: The name of God in this verse is Yĕhovah Rapha’: The God who heals.
    • “Heal” means to straighten that which is crooked. Lies are crooked but Truth is straight. Truth heals both people and nations to put them at ease. To put at ease is the opposite of being “dis-eased” So, when everything is going wrong…go straight – with God. Be healed and relax. God has it under control. He is the “God who heals” and the God who makes straight.
  • A sample of a contemporary lie:
    • “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” The Truth: Bones heal, but it takes God to heal a soul.
  • Sin causes wounds. God heals wounds, both physical and emotional.

Exodus 15:27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.

  1. Note: AFTER making an ordinance with them, God takes them to a place that resembles a tropical paradise. (heaven, the Garden of Eden, the Sabbath, all are places of rest.)
  1. Note “Elim” means “Strong Trees”. This is an oasis in the wilderness. A place of refreshing. It is the second station of an encampment for the Hebrews after leaving Egypt.  
  1. Note: Twelve wells of water are symbolic for the twelve tribes of Israel. From Israel comes “living water”; the Messiah Jesus who gives eternal life.
    • Numbers 21:16 From there they went to Beer, which is the well where the Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people together, and I will give them water.”
    • Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
      • Note: Jesus’ name is the literal meaning of “salvation.”… you will draw (living) water from the wells of Jesus.
    • John 4:5-15 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour (noon). A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
  • Seventy palm trees are symbolic of the seventy Gentile nations.
  • From Jacob (of Peleg) comes the Jews.
  • The rest add up to seventy Gentile nations.
  • If the seventy trees are symbolic of gentile nations, then those strong trees (Elim) are strong gentile nations.
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