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The song of Moses and the Lamb

Revelation 15:3-4

The song of Godís people on this occasion is called Ďthe song of Moses and the Lambí. It is not a song to express joy, but a serious song to give honour to God. Soon, Godís final judgements against the evil forces in this world will happen. It does not please God that evil people will suffer in those judgements (Ezekiel 18:32). However, those judgements are necessary so that God can complete his work to save his people from every evil power. Christís rule on earth can only begin when those judgements are complete.

The reference to Moses and the Lamb reminds us about the two previous occasions when God saved his people by his judgements. At the time of Moses, God rescued his people from Egypt. At the Red Sea, there was a terrible act of judgement that destroyed Egyptís army. Then Moses sang the song in Exodus 15:1-18. It was right and necessary to give God honour for his judgements on such an occasion. His judgements are holy and absolutely right; by those judgements God saves his people.

In the Book of Revelation, the Lamb is a title for Christ. It refers especially to his judgement against sin (evil deeds) by his death on the cross. At his death, Christ took upon himself the sins of the world (2 Corinthians 5:21). He did it so that God could forgive the sins of his people. Because of Christís death for them, they have a right relationship with God. For these reasons, Godís people should give honour to God. All that he does is great and wonderful. His ways (how he behaves, and how he teaches people to behave) are true and right. He deserves honour from everyone, in every nation. His holy character is perfect. His judgements will end the power of every evil force.

Next part: Godís judgements are very holy acts (Revelation 15:5-7)

 

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