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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

In celebration of this great deliverance, they sang the song of Moses.

What a thrilling incident was this!

Six hundred thousand men, besides women, children, and a mixed multitude, encamped upon the shore, and singing the song of the Lord's victory over their enemies!

After magnifying the gloriousness of His power, and the great salvation with which He had delivered them, they rejoiced in the future that awaited their return, when it should realize the possession of the land of Canaan under the sceptre of Shiloh "for ever and ever".

"Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance; in the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in; in the sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.

The Lord shall reign for ever and ever".

Let the reader peruse the song of Moses, and bear in mind that it is not only a magnification of the past, but also prophetic of as great, or greater, a deliverance of the nation under Shiloh.

Under Moses, they were saved by the angel of God; but when the time of the second exodus from Egypt arrives, they will be saved by the Lamb of God, whose prowess will be applauded by God's harpists of the crystal sea, who will sing the new song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, "Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?

for thou only art holy; for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest".

The song of Moses, we have seen, celebrated the overthrow of the Egyptians; the song of the Lamb, "the prophet like unto Moses," will celebrate his future triumph over all the nations in his deliverance of the twelve tribes from their tyranny; a redemption which will result in the submission of all nations to his sovereignty, as predicted in the song.

And it is to be observed that the Lamb's victory being the accomplishment of the prophecy in Moses' song, and a victory gained on a similar occasion, and in connection with the same nation, the Lamb's song is styled, in the Apocalypse, "the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb" The generations of Israel's nation are reckoned from Abraham.

Between seven of them there is a remarkable relationship in the way of type and antitype.

These are the fourth, the fifth, and fourteenth, the fifteenth, the thirty-second, the forty-second, and, possibly, the rising generation of the present time.

The events of the fourth occurred under Moses; of the fifth, under Joshua; of the fourteenth, under David; of the fifteenth, under Solomon; of the thirty-second, under Zorobabel; of the forty-second, under Christ; and of the last, the substance of all that have preceded it, and as yet in the undeveloped, but not unrevealed, future.

The six generations present so many pictures, as it were, of what will be transacted in the seventh.

But want of space forbids more than allusion to the fact.

Referring to the remarkable incidents of Jewish history, the apostle says, "All these things happened unto them for types ( tuvpoi , representative things): and they are written for our instruction upon whom the ends of the ages ( ta telh twn aiwnwn ) are come".

Having been baptized into Moses, they looked to him for meat and drink.

The angel had brought them out by his hand into a waste and howling wilderness, under a promise to give them a land flowing with milk and honey.

But after three days the nation found itself without water; and though soon after they found some, it was so bitter they could not drink it.

And they murmured against Moses.

The Lord heard them, and healed the waters.