HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
A Daily Dose of Good News
Monday, April 13, 2020
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Hey everybody! Happy Easter! It’s April 13th. I hope you had a great day yesterday, and the celebration apparently continues throughout the week- as all our readings this week are pretty exciting, victory celebrations. So, I thought I would stay on that theme and show you the celebratory nature of this house. The kids have decorated for Easter- so there’s a lily, streamers, and a banner that says “Happy Easter”- so it’s all big fun here. So, our reading continues along that mentality, so if you do not have a coffee, I would suggest you pause me and you go get one- because this is kind of a long passage from Exodus. It’s going to start in Chapter 14 verse 10, go through the rest of the chapter, and then do a small blurb in 15. So, here we go:
10 As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, ‘Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” 13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.”
15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. 16 But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. 17 Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. 18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.”
19 The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. 20 It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. 22 The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. 24 At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. 25 He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”
26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. 29 But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.
30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.
20 Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. 21 And Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.”
Here ends the reading.
You may recognize that song by Miriam, because we sing that song in church sometimes:
“I will sing unto the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously;
The horse and rider thrown into the sea! (repeat twice)
The Lord, my God, my strength, my song,
Has now become my victory! (repeat twice)
The Lord is God and I will praise Him,
My Father is God and I will exalt Him!” (repeat twice)
And I think songs like that are great for us to sing- not only in biblical times- but in present day, everyday moments: songs of triumph, joy and praising God. Resting in the assurance that God has us- that God has our back- that God will care for us, and that God has victory that God is working to- for our best interests. I know that there is plenty of stress these days- with the pandemic- and simply turning on the news can be stressful. I think it’s really important, in our stress, distress and anxiety, that we have some of these songs- in our back pockets. That we can pull out and sing, rest and resonate in the fact of trusting God. Knowing that God cares for us, that we can believe that, and that God will overcome. So, I encourage you to do that today. I encourage you to find two songs, maybe three songs, that you can have fun with, that you can sing. It doesn’t matter if you sing them well. It just matters that you feel them, enjoy them and believe them. And, that it is something that you can lean on in those moments when you need empowerment and encouragement by God. So, I hope you do that today and I hope you have a great day. Take care everybody. Bye-bye.