A Forerunner of Mightier Works

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A remarkable parallel to Moses and Miriam’s songs is found in the book of Revelation, immediately preceding the seven last plagues. These seven afflictions are part of God’s intervention to save mankind from total destruction, just as He delivered Israel in the days of Moses and Miriam.

A song is heard, praising God for His imminent victory over Satan, the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4 2 Corinthians 4:4In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.
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). John records these awesome events: “And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: ‘Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are your ways … Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You …” (Revelation 15:3-4 Revelation 15:3-4 [3] And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints. [4] Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before you; for your judgments are made manifest.
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The mighty works that Moses and Miriam referred to after their deliverance through the Red Sea (Exodus 15) prefigure the much mightier works for which the redeemed will sing praises to Christ, the Lamb of God. Their words of praise and thanksgiving recall the joyous words sung by Moses and Miriam long ago.

This physical and spiritual circle is brought to completion. God can—and still does—deliver His people. These words of praise echo immediately before Jesus Christ dispatches the wicked of the earth (Revelation 15:1-7 Revelation 15:1-7 [1] And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. [2] And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. [3] And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints. [4] Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before you; for your judgments are made manifest. [5] And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: [6] And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. [7] And one of the four beasts gave to the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever.
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), delivering His people once again, leading them to the Promised Land of His great Kingdom.

We should learn a vital lesson in all of this: God has the ultimate control over what takes place in human history. As shown repeatedly throughout Israel’s history, He brings good, but also allows evil, all in accordance with His purpose. We have the privilege to honor and praise Him once we understand His sovereignty or stand against Him and suffer the consequences as did the ancient Egyptians and as many will at the end of this age.

When human beings come to recognize God’s sovereignty—and that, although He is supreme in power and authority He is deeply interested in our welfare—then we can enjoy an intimate relationship with Him.

Miriam, singing her response to Moses’ song (Exodus 15:20-21 Exodus 15:20-21 [20] And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dances. [21] And Miriam answered them, Sing you to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider has he thrown into the sea.
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), told of God’s sovereignty, His triumph over evil. When evil is removed from humanity, peace will fill the void. These are major themes of the gospel taught by Jesus Christ and the apostles (Acts 3:17-26 Acts 3:17-26 [17] And now, brothers, I know that through ignorance you did it, as did also your rulers. [18] But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he has so fulfilled. [19] Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. [20] And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached to you: [21] Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. [22] For Moses truly said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up to you of your brothers, like to me; him shall you hear in all things whatever he shall say to you. [23] And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. [24] Yes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. [25] You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, And in your seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. [26] To you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
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