As the children of Israel escaped the pursuit of Pharaoh and his approaching army; being delivered by God through the Red Sea, they burst into praise extolling the greatness of God. A great victory celebration was held on the eastern bank of the Red Sea, while Moses led the nation in singing. The song itself is composed of four stanzas: the first emphasizes God’s victory (1-5); the second stresses the puny, vengeful assertions of the enemy (6-10); the third summarizes the victory, after asking an appropriate question (11-13); the fourth expands on God leading his people to their divinely assigned home and the consequent fear of nations, as they hear of Israel’s great rescue from such a powerful, enemy nation (14-17). In the heart of this victory song Moses asked a thought-provoking question, “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders (Exod. 15:11, ESV)? The closing line of the song sums it up, the Lord reigns (19, 20).
Moses’ thought-provoking question causes us to pause and consider the answer to the question: Who is like God? There is none! This is so, because he is the:
God of Truth (Deut. 32:4; Jer. 10:10) – this statement reveals God as the source of truth; he has this permanent, unchanging nature about himself in contrast to the ever-changing views and teaching of mere man.
God of all Grace (I Peter 5:10) – as Peter helped first century Christians realize their need for God and his help in their lives, so he taught us God is the one who imparts the needed grace in times of suffering and trial. God is the being to whom we turn.
God of Peace (Phil. 4:9) – he is the God who gives peace, the contentment, which results from living the faithful Christian life. Though there are times of trial and suffering in the Christian’s life, still the inner contentment God provides belongs to the child of God, when he devotes himself to holy living.
God of Love (II Cor. 13:11) – Paul’s description of God and his nature is as true as it is beautiful. The expression that God is love and peace teaches his infinite benevolent attitude toward all. How could we survive without it?
God of all Comfort (II Cor. 1:3) – with a heart full of joy and gratitude to God and his mercy, Paul described God as the God of all comfort. Only God is the source of all consolation. Paul traced his joy and happiness back to God, as no real happiness can abide without him.
God of Patience (Rom. 15:5) – God is patient and longsuffering, as he bears with our immaturities and weaknesses. Since he is so patient with us, should we not follow his example to not accept error, but rather, patiently teach and refute the error?
God of Hope (Rom. 15:13) – God is the source of eternal hope, life, and salvation. For every child of God, he is the object of hope.
It was a great day of victory for Israel, as God stepped in to save them from Pharaoh and his army during the days of the Exodus. However, the rhetorical question of Moses must surely be our own, “Who is like unto our God?” There is none! He has intervened with loving-kindness and due to his grace coupled our obedient faith to the gospel, He has given each one victory over the worst of taskmasters—sin. He fully deserves our praise and faithful obedience throughout life.
– Jim Laws