Moses stepped up to the banks of the wide Red Sea, leading the people of Israel (possibly as many as 3,000,000 of them). Bearing down on them from behind were the armies of Pharaoh, intent on bringing them back to slavery in Egypt. Trapped. An impassable sea in front of them, and their enemy closing in from behind, only a matter of hours away.
Suddenly, Moses lifted up his shepherd’s staff over the waters and God intervened. He sent a strong wind into the Sea which blew and blew until the waters parted and created a “highway” right through the middle of it. The Bible account says that the waters stood up “in heaps”, like two walls on either side. And the people of Israel passed over on dry ground to safety.
When Pharaoh’s army tried to cross over, however, they came right into the middle of the Sea, and God released the waters to roll back into position drowning every man and every horse. For days the bodies washed up on the shoreline. God had delivered Israel from the hands of their oppressors.
And so, after Israel had safely crossed over, and their enemy was destroyed, Moses led all the people in a great song of triumph to the Lord: “I will sing unto the LORD, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and it’s rider He has thrown into the sea.”
Then Moses makes an unforgettable exclamation …
“Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders …” (Exodus 15:11)
“Who is like You?”, Moses asks. It’s a rhetorical question; the answer is so clearly self-evident. There is no-one like God. None compares. He stands alone, and without any equal. The Bible is so emphatic about this: it leaves no room for other gods, other religions. “Who is like you, Jehovah?!”
When Moses asks, “Who is like You . . . among the gods”, that does not imply that there are any other “gods” in the sense that He is ‘God’. He is not merely one deity among many. He is not even just the “best of a bunch”. He is the only true God! He has no peers, no equals, no contemporaries. The word “gods” here literally means “mighty ones” or “the mighty”. So we can read it: “Who is like you . . . among the mighty ones?”
Bring the greatest men who have ever lived
The powerful kings, the mightiest men or war, the strong, the brave, the wealthy, the revered. Not one of them is worthy to be offered as a comparison with our God. He holds every such man in the palm of His hand, to raise them up, or to bring them low at His sovereign, unstoppable bidding.
Bring the supposed gods of the world’s religions
Buddha, Allah, Kali, Krishna, and on and on through the millions of them that have been invented in the minds of men, or devised by the devils of hell. It’s ludicrous to imagine comparing them with our great God, Jehovah, for He shows them all to be exactly what they are: idols of wood and stone and myth. He alone is God.
Bring the angelic hosts
Bring the cherubim and seraphim of Heaven. The mightiest of them: Michael and Gabriel, the archangels. Majestic beings, capable of wielding indescribable strength and power. Are they worthy to be compared with God? No. They will be the first to give testimony: “We are created beings like you. Created by the Most High who is above all; who stands alone as our God.”
Bring the demonic hordes of hell
Even bring Satan himself forward. Does he measure up to be compared with God? Never! He is a pretender. When he set his heart to rebel against God, the Lord banished him, brushed him aside in a moment of time. God’s judgment of Satan is so completely crushing and final that one day very soon he will be a laughable spectacle to the glory of the only true God.
“Those who see you will gaze at you, And consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms?” (Isaiah 14:16)
Satan is of no consequence to be compared with the Most High Jehovah.
“Who is like you, O Lord, among the mighty ones?” The obvious answer to this rhetorical question is that there is none like Him. No-one is worthy to compare.
He alone is “glorious in holiness”.