Notes on the Exodus (51)

“Exposing the Exodus”

Bluebell Lane
The way, the truth and the life!

The Will of God Reiterated  (Chapter 4 Verses 18-31)

God prepares His servant for the opposition and resistance he will encounter (v21). But notice will you that that opposition is divinely induced (Exodus 3:19; Romans 9:18). God intervenes on the world stage, where salvation and judgment are operating side by side (2Corinthians 4:14-16). Proof of God’s absolute omnipotence. Moses, and we of course, are told this to preserve us from discouragement. There was nothing wrong with the message that Moses was given to deliver, or even the way it was delivered. That applies to us also at the end of the age. No matter what Moses, or we, are faced with. The message is God’s and therefore absolutely inscrutable. Pharaoh will remain true to his stubborn nature, and his evil heart will be exposed. The sovereignty of God in salvation does not eliminate man’s moral choice. There are times when the ordinary experiences of life are appointed to harden folk. There are times when there is a succession of God’s overtures refused over many years, at the time none of them seem to be major or critical. But over the period of time walls of unbelief, disobedience and cynicism are built up. We have to be careful.

So the will of God is clearly expounded (vv22-23). There are two streams, one, what Moses is commanded and empowered to do before Pharaoh, and two, what God will do to Pharaoh, i.e. kill his, your, firstborn son (v23). Do you see the parallelism here? Israel is chosen and loved of God (v22), lovingly here called “my firstborn son” (v22).  Thus we are given a glimpse of the exodus here, the intended purpose of God. Israel as his son is to be sent out to worship his Father God (v23). This ultimately is still God’s call today, called to worship the Father, but how (John 4:24)? Where? When? With the entirety of our lives and in every sphere of life. Moses commission couldn’t be simpler really, just tell Pharaoh what God tells him to say, “let my people go”. We need to remember this too, our task is not spend days, years seeking to convince people that God exists, they already know that, so does Pharaoh, so do all men (Romans 1:18-23). Such an irrational apologetic supposes that man can reason his way to God, he cannot. Remember Moses came to the burning bush, he wants a name, he wants God to define himself. Answer? I AM Who I AM. I have no name. God cannot be defined. God is not proved, he is presupposed, without him life, nothing has any meaning. St Anselm said, I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. Just preach the word, that’s all.

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)

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