|Miriam sang and danced with|
tambourines. I wonder if some
denominations want to censor this passage!
Recent research has shown that music can even reach some dementia patients where other methods have failed.
So for the deeds of the escape from Egypt to be recorded in song is not a surprise. Much of the time when we see poetry or songs embedded in the biblical text, scholars believe that these are older traditions (older than the time the author was writing) that were added to the story that give it more weight.
The following miracle of the bitter water turning sweet could be a reprise of all that has come before. The bitterness of slavery made the people complain to the Lord. God heard their complaint and moved to rectify the problem. Their freedom was then sweet to them.
As we consider our own bitter situations in life, they come to all of us. Sometimes we find that resurrection has come to them and we are made new. Where have you seen a situation become sweet in your experience?
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