The first of three meditations I have written for the Center for Biblical Studies

The famous story of Israelite exodus, via miraculous escape from pursuing Egyptian armies through a parted Red Sea, culminates in the Song of Moses. Anglicans may know this as a canticle for morning prayer: a hymn to the LORD’s power and might, his faithfulness to the people he redeemed (Ex. 15:13).

It’s worth reflecting on the liturgical fact that as Christians sing this song, like when we pray the psalms, we add at the end a trinitarian coda: “Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.” This frame of Christian prayer underlines the consistency of God’s character in all of Scripture, across time and space. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Thus, God is ever interested in saving and perpetuating a people, across many generations, who may learn to say of their own life: I also came up out of Egypt (13:8). Or, as in Jesus’ wedding banquet parable: I was one whom God found on the street and rescued, and am now, by grace, clothed in life and light (Mt. 22:9-14).

In this way, we become scriptural people: a people who, by knowing the scriptures, know the power of God, as Jesus repeatedly demonstrates to the baffled Pharisees and Sadducees.


Lord, shine the light of your Word on my life. Help me to understand and live by your teaching. Make me your humble child, glad with the joy of your presence. Amen.

About The Author

Dr. Christopher Wells is Director of Unity, Faith, and Order for the Anglican Communion, and served for 13 years as executive director of the Living Church Foundation, Inc.

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