Reading: Psalm 114: 1-2
Verse Two: Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel His dominion.
Growing up in Connecticut, going to the Department of Motor Vehicles was a daunting task. The adventure began in the parking lot. It was always a challenge to find a spot to park. If you went early, so did a thousand other people. If you went during the day, it seemed like a thousand cars were circling the lot, all looking for the same space. Once inside you saw a sea of chairs, lined up in long row after long row. Then you would stand in line to get a number. You pulled a little ticket like one does at a deli in a busy supermarket and then you headed for a seat. If you forgot a book or your Walkman, you were in for trouble. The big red number on the sign would read something like “24” and you’d look down at your ticket – “327”. After just a few hours it would be your turn and you’d walk towards the correct window praying you had all the right paperwork… When you finally emerged into fresh air to begin the search for your car, it felt as if a major victory had been won. You survived the DMV!
The Israelites had been in Egypt for over 400 years. Life was monotonous. It was the same thing day after day. Hurry up and do the same thing again today. The slave drivers were always pushing and seemed to expect more and more. Then one day the Israelites’ number is called. God’s chosen people hear, “Next”! God redeems them from slavery and they head off towards the promised land. After their experience at the sea, they breathe in the fresh air and are confident in the victory that God has brought. They know without a doubt that God is with them. “Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel His dominion”. God says, ‘you are mine and I love you’. The chosen people head off, freedom at hand, the future looking oh so bright.
Fast forward a few centuries and we too have joined the family. God says to you and to me, ‘you are mine, I love you’. We too claim the victory. Thanks be to God.