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Moses Servant Song (Revelation 15.2b-4)

"They held harps given them by God and sang the song of God's servant Moses and of the Lamb: 'Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations [some manuscripts "ages"]. Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.'" [Phrases in this song are drawn from Psalm 111:2,3; Deut. 32:4; Jer. 10:7; Psalms 86:9; 98:2.] (Revelation 15.2b-4)✞

Martyrdom in Heaven

Paphos AmphitheatreIn this Revelation 15 passage, we hear Moses' servant song. Moses' sister Miriam also sang and danced a song of praise to the Lord when the children of Israel had triumphantly crossed the Red Sea. The English Biblical scholar H. B. Swete (1835-1917) comments, "The saints have now come safely through the sea of martyrdom and have arrived at the shore of heaven." There they sang Moses' song and danced on the shore of Heaven with joy. The martyrs in heaven emerged victorious from their contest with the forces of Antichrist. They often died the most savage of deaths and yet they emerged here victorious. It was the very fact that they died that made them victors. If they had remained alive by denying their faith, they would have been defeated. Again and again the records of the Early Church describe a day of martyrdom as a day of victory. On such a day the faithful processed to the tomb of the martyr and worshipped God there. We read of one martyrdom from the prison diary of a young woman martyred in Carthage in 202-203 AD called the "Martyrdom of Saint Perpetua" in Ancient Rome. "The day of their victory dawned, and they walked from prison to the amphitheater as if they were walking to Heaven, happy and serene in countenance." Jesus said in Matthew 16.25, "For whoever wants to save their life [the Greek word means either "life" or "soul"] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it." The real victory is not to prudently preserve life but to face the worst that evil can do and if need be to be faithful to death. A wise old Christian called Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo who was a famous Spanish poet, philosopher and mystic once said, "May God deny you peace, and give you glory."

"Moses Servant Song"
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by Ron Meacock

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