“The LORD lives and blessed be my rock; And exalted be the God of my salvation”
God executes vengeance
God shows loving kindness
We give thanks
We sing praise
Parallelism used to illustrate two paths:
Devious are an abomination to the LORD; Upright are intimate with the LORD
Wicked are cursed; righteous are blessed
Scoffers are scoffed; afflicted given grace
Fools display dishonor; wise inherit honor
Wow, after just reading that in Proverbs about the two different paths and then reading in the first verse here v15 “Then the Pharisees went and plotted together how they might trap Him in what He said” – they are the devious, they are the wicked, they are the scoffers, and they are the fools.
“Teacher we know that you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth and defer to no one; for you are not partial to any” – May this be true of me too, may I never fear man and their opinion but teach the way if God in truth.
“You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God” – may this never be true of me
They are supposed to have a feast of unleavened bread where they eat unleavened bread for seven days and then have a feast. Why? So that when their sons asks, “Why do we do this?” They can tell them all about what God did. This reminds me of my dad. He always recounting to us his conversion and how God had saved him, I probably heard his testimony over a thousand times, but never in a public up front setting, instead in my bedroom, at the kitchen table, in the living room, in the garage, in the car, at church, at baseball practice, to my friends. My dad seemed to never get over the fact that God had saved him, that’s how Israel is supposed to be, once they get into the land they are supposed to never forget what God had done for them, so God gives them this feast to help them remember, but still they forget. I need to more often remember and reflect on what God has done for me, He is so faithful!
13:16 phylacteries make their debut. They are supposed to serve as little reminders and conversation starters. By the time we reach the NT the religious leaders had turned these little reminders into billboards, and not in a good way. Instead of pointing to God and serving as reminders of what God had done they became billboards promoting their legalism “Look how big mine is and look how holy I am”, the mirror was turned away from reflecting God and turned towards self.
“I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army” (14:4,17,18) – how will God be honored? By destroying them. Even when Pharaoh thought he was doing it for himself, he was actually following Gods ultimate plan to bring glory to Himself. God cause all things to work together for our good and His glory. Also all of these events in Egypt give Israel the reputation that their God is strong and the known world hears about all that Israel’s God did to Egypt.
“The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent” (14:13) – man that is good
Exodus 15 the song of Moses, this song reappears in Revelation 15 and is sung in heaven