Exodus 15 Outline
– Miriam and the Israelites sang a new song to God (Exodus 15:1-18)
– God drowned Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen in the sea (Exodus 15:19)
– Miriam and the women praised God with tambourines and dancing (Exodus 15:20-21)
– The Israelites complained about bitter water at Marah (Exodus 15:22-26)
– The Israelites arrived at Elim, where there were 12 springs and 70 palm trees (Exodus 15:27)
Exodus 15 Summary
In Exodus 15:1-18 is the song Miriam and the Israelites sang to God. After the Israelites had crossed over to the other side of the shore, God made the water flowed back so that it covered the Egyptian chariots and horsemen. Then, Miriam who was Aaron’s sister, a prophetess took the tambourine and started to sing a new song.
Moses led the Israelites into the Desert of Shur. They traveled without water for 3 days before coming to Marah. They couldn’t drink the water at Marah because the water was bitter. Moses cried out to God and God opened his eyes and he saw a piece of wood. Moses threw the wood into the water and it turned sweet.
At that place, God made a decree that if they obey his commands, he will not afflict them with the diseases he brought on the Egyptians. Later, they came to Elim. In Elim, there were 12 springs and 70 palm trees.
Exodus 15 Bible Study
1. God is our strength and salvation
In Exodus 15:2, God is our strength. He is our salvation (Psalm 18:1-2; Psalm 18:46; Psalm 59:17; Psalm 68:20; Psalm 118:14; Habakkuk 3:18-19). In whatever circumstance we face, we should always discuss our problems to God and let him help us. We should not assume that God will automatically help us to solve all our problems. We must open our mouth to ask before God can give us. Jesus said ask and it shall be given to you. We must persevere and keep on praying until God fulfill it in our lives. We should always look to God and not on men or the things of this world when we face problems. Sometimes, God can also use the things of this world to help us but we should always discuss our problems with him first. In Philippians 4:13, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
2. God’s right hand
In Exodus 15:6, God’s right hand represents God’s omnipotence. God is almighty (Luke 1:37). He can do all things. All we need to do is to trust in him. Jesus said if you have faith like a mustard seed, you can tell a mulberry tree be uprooted and planted in the sea. In Isaiah 40:28, God is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He never grows weary and his understanding is unsearchable. In Jeremiah 32:27, nothing is too hard for God. In Job 42:2, God can do all things and no purposes of his can be thwarted.
3. God is the king of kings and lord of lords
In Exodus 15:11, God is the king of kings and lord of lords. He is majestic in holiness, awesome in glory and working wonders. There is no other way to go to heaven than through Jesus Christ. In John 14:6, Jesus is the truth, way and life. No one can come too the Father but by Jesus Christ. In Acts 4:12, salvation is found in no other than name than Jesus Christ, whereby we must be saved.
4. God is always victorious
In Exodus 15:18, God will reign forever and ever. God is always victorious. We should let God reign over our life and let him guide us. If you completely submit to God, the Holy Spirit will change you into more and more like the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit is our helper. He helps us to solve our problems, remind us about God’s word and help us to mature in Christ. The Holy Spirit help us to walk on the path of righteousness (John 14:26).
5. Worship and praise God everyday
Miriam praised God with the tambourine and dances after God helped them to crossed over the Red Sea on dry ground and drowned the enemies in the sea. We should spend some time to worship and praise God every day. In Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16, we should speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. We can worship and praise God with all kinds of music instruments (Psalm 150:4-6).
6. Trust in God and don’t grumble
The Israelites kept on grumbling to Moses about the hardships they faced in the deserts. We should not grumble against God about our problems but trust in him. If you trust in God and persevere in your prayer, God will surely answer your prayer. We should see every problem in our lives as a test of faith. In James 1:12, blessed is the men that endure temptation because he will receive the crown of life after he is tried. God gives the crown of life to those who love him.