19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. 20 Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them:
“Sing to the Lord,
for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
he has hurled into the sea.” Exodus 15:19-21
Women played a prominent role in Biblical days, despite what critics of the Bible say.
In this passage, these women were merely continuing the celebration that Moses had started. How long did it last? No one knows, but I suspect it was hours or even days, perhaps even weeks.
Think of it: they were just delivered from the hands of the Egyptians and even Pharaoh himself. Of course it was a cause for big celebration. They were also delivered from slavery and captivity. By crossing through the Red Sea safely, they were officially and finally free.
God wants all of His people to be free. Are you free today? It’s an open-ended question on purpose.
Of course, those who believe in Christ Jesus are free from the penalty and power of sin. As time goes by, though, we become lazy and slothful in our walk with Christ, and we aren’t careful. Sin creeps in: anger, bitterness, addictions, dishonesty, selfishness, greed, and many others.
Again I ask, are you free today? Are you so free that you could dance like Miriam and those who follower her danced?