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PASSAGE OF THE RED SEA-MOSES A TYPE OF
Exodus xv. 13.
Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which
thou hast redeemed : thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.
THE chapter from which the text is taken consists principally of one of those hymns — the first of its kind that is known to us—in which holy men of old were wont to show forth their gratitude to Almighty God for any extraordinary mercy or deliverance vouchsafed to them, and to celebrate his glory and majesty, his power and goodness. Never was temporal deliverance wrought, even for Israel, greater, more seasonable, nor attended with circumstances of more terrific solemnity, than that which is thus proclaimed. Never was a song of praise on earth more fervent in its aspirations, more sublime in its conceptions, more pure in its spirit, more impressive in its accompanying circumstances. Never, indeed, can such a scene again occur as that, when-rescued from impending destruction by a visible interposition of Omnipotence—millions of knees were bent, and millions of hands were extended, at the same instant, towards heaven, in humble and grateful adoration, and the voices of a countless multitude sent forth, as if from one mouth, the sound of thanksgiving and of praise. Never again can the earth witness such a scene as this : never again can the sky be rent with such a shout of holy joy. Far beyond all earthly similitude, it admits of no comparison save one-when cherubim and seraphim, the angels and