I am taking it you were with Moses and the Israelites when they sang a song exalting the Lord for what he had done to the Egyptians.
It is obviously a song of praise mixed with a telling of your people’s story. I find it a hard song of praise to connect with.
You are praising God for his anger against another group of people and for taking the lives of others. Yes, they were oppressors and they were your supposed enemies but they were still people made in the image of God.
In verse seven it talks about God unleashing his burning anger and that is something I can sort of get. I have no doubt God looks at the world at the moment seeing all the pain and senseless killing in it and is both angry and sad. Yet, as I say you are also celebrating violence and the destruction of others.
I could dwell on this but will not. I have recently read the Christmas Sermon on Peace which Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in 1967 and I think that says far more about where my concerns lie than I could.
What I want to enquire about is you and your status. Verse 20 describes you as a prophetess. What exactly did that mean in your context? You are also described as Aaron’s sister but we also know you to be Moses’. Is it the fact you grew up around Aaron which made you identified in that way?
You appear to have the role of leading the women. Was this because yours was a segregated society? Did you, as an Israelite, have a role Moses’ wife ,who was partly foreign, could not?
How did the men relate to you? Were you married and did you have a position of leadership higher than your husband or were you single?
Again you are a figure who seems significant but we seem to know relatively little about.
Then there is the wandering without water. Were you scared? Did people turn on you as well as Moses?
I know a lot of questions but you raise them in my mind and as so often the text can’t answer them.