Archive for August 3rd, 2011

Exodus 6

Exodus 6 has Moses coming back after failing in his efforts to convince Pharaoh to let the people go.  He didn’t buy it and certainly turned up the heat rather than letting them go.  So Moses gets told again by God that it will happen.  And God reminded Moses of the covenant that was made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He also told Moses that He has been listening: “I have heard the groaning of the people” and the intercession of Moses as well.  God is paying attention and knows what is happening.

So God reinforces the situation.  “‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians”.  God is going to set them free.  Beyond that He lists all the things He is going to do as part of that freedom:

–      “redeem you

–      take you to be my people

–      will be your God

–      you shall know that I am the Lord your God

–      bring you into the land

–      give it to you

God has a plan – well defined – and very sure.

So it was pretty plain that God wasn’t at all dissuaded by Pharaoh’s failure to let the people go.  His plan is secure.  “Moses spoke….but they did not listen….because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery”.  The people weren’t buying Moses explanation any more.  Things had not goe as advertised and they weren’t believing.  So things are a bit tense.  God then tells Moses to “tell Pharaoh….to let the people of Israel go”.  That strategy worked so well last time – let’s do it again.  Moses has to be thinking ‘you’ve got to be kidding’ and Moses tells God so much – he says ‘no one is listening to me’.

God is not changing His plan so to Moses and Aaron He “gave them a charge”.  They are to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let the people go. What’s the new approach?  “The Lord said to Moses, “I am the Lord; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you”.  Nothing new – just do what you did last time that did not work.  That would give you confidence.  And Moses doesn’t have any.  He again makes an excuse saying “behold, I am of uncircumcised lips”.  I can’t do this job God.  Moses only sees his small view of the big plan. We must be careful not to lose sight of the reality that God is in control and much bigger than we are.  His plan is perfect but often not the way we might do things.

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