I chose to include verse 14 because it provides clear context. God is going to send a messiah to rescue the people once again.
Yes, once again... imbedded in this text is a reminder of the exodus. The central story of the Jewish tradition. Pictures of chariots and horses, armies, warriors, the sea and a path through the mighty waters.
But do not remember.
What? Judaism is all about remembering. Even in this text that challenges the people to not remember has bits and pieces of memories... that they should or shouldn't remember? I'm not sure.
Honestly. What should we remember and what should we not remember? What's worth remembering?
The things that are lost in our lives are the hardest things to forget. Those things that we've lost forever embed themselves in our muscle memory - the hug of a grandma that we can never give again or giggles of a child we hear faintly when we close our eyes or the wise words or unwavering support of a dead friendship. Memory lies within our bodies even when we wish to forget with our minds.
Moving on requires remembering. So what should we remember and what should we not remember? What's worth remembering?
Is it possible to hold onto a rescuing God while not remember the means by which that rescuing God has acted in the past? Is it possible to cling to the rescuer and not the escape route? Hmmm...
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