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The Power of His Word


Exodus 15:9-10

“The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.’ … You blew with your wind; the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

What a vivid contrast here between God and the devil, between Truth and falsehood, between the Sacrificial Lamb and the snorting serpent, between the Great Mover and the big talker, between the roaring Lion of Judah and the hee-hawing donkey of Babylon. It’s all right here in the song of Moses. The devil spews out a torrent of powerless words. God breathes. The devil raises a sharp sword. God speaks a sharper word. The devil brings legions of warriors. God sends powerful waves. The devil beats his chest with the loudest of boasts. God sighs, and with the exhalation, all hell’s defenses collapse, all falsehood is drowned, all evil is silenced forever.

Friend, when I read Moses’ lyrics here in Exodus 15:9-10, I can’t help but adapt them into a song of my own. It’s a prayer really, and I hope you’ll pray it with me today: Lord, You blew with Your wind and light burst forth from darkness. You blew with Your wind and earth emerged from the sea, and trees from the soil, and mountains from the dust particles. You blew with your wind and fashioned man, placing him at the center of creation’s story, the most precious fruit in Your Tree of Life. You blew with Your wind to cast him out of Your holy place and bar the way when he fell. You blew with Your wind to a virgin’s womb, to a cattle stall on the margins of the world, to a lowly people with eyes to see and ears to hear—to me of all people! You blew with Your wind over the men who tortured You and cast lots for Your garments and crucified You, to say, “Father, forgive them!” You blew with Your wind again, three days after, to lighten the deepest darkness, to sing over the cacophony of hellish men and devils an everlasting word, a breath that never dies: “It is finished!”

And a sea of crimson covers all who believe. And we sink like lead in the mighty waters.