“Exposing the Exodus”
What if? – (Chapter 6 Verses 1-9)
Faith is tempered on the anvil of conflict. Soft, respectable religion is not only benign, it doesn’t grow Christians. Moses has complained (5:22-23). The Lord doesn’t rebuke, he comforts, but not with an immediate answer to his servant’s call, but by revealing more of himself, his faithfulness and assurance. In answer to Moses, why (5:22)? The short answer is for your own, and Israel’s good. This, of course, Moses must accept in faith, the answer will be seen as history pans out. Israel’s condition has been made galling, the rebels, within Israel I mean, will have no excuse when they start to whine and crave for after the fleshpots of Egypt. But Pharaoh and Egypt also must be ripened for judgment, for God’s retributive justice that will fall upon them. God’s method’s are always right, for his own they lead to faith and make them useful beyond their expectations. God’s counsel stands he does as he pleases (Isaiah 46:10). His answer here (v1), watch this space. My people, slavery, defeat? But that’s all that some men have got to preach. This generation of Jews fell in the wilderness believing that. This is as good as it gets, enjoy your defeat, make some more bricks for the man. If you’re a slave in your heart, that’s what you will be in your life. You can allow others to enslave you, there are lots of Pharaoh’s who love to have slaves. You’ll find some of them in the church. And some people believe me like to be enslaved. It’s comfortable, no problems, boss-man does your thinking for you, it’s security, leave me alone! No risks. I mean were some asking the questions here, why’s this geezer Moses rocking the boat. Okay, we gotta work hard, but. We got full-time employment for life, national health service, pension at the end? Go on a journey to who knows where on the basis of faith, are joking me?
All this talk about freedom, who wants freedom when we got all this security. And who we going to trust anyway? If we trust in the God of the Bible, that means I leave off of all my security? When the secular nanny-state offers a risk-free policy of slavery? I mean look at all the immigrants pouring into our country today, they all want to be slaves too. It can’t be that bad, can it? Trust God, the God of the Bible, that’s way out on a limb. I mean on the basis of simple trust, just plain faith, that’s a big risk? What if? This is the war-cry of the defeatists before they even get going. What if this happens, or that, what if. They live their lives on the basis of what if. That is defeat. It infects the Christian too. What I go witness to that man, woman, what if? I serve the Lord as a missionary, a preacher, what if? God has made known to us his victorious end, he has declared war against evil, it is going down, the victory has already been won, at Calvary. We are on the winning side. So dump the what if’s. Resist the fiery darts of the wicked one. Rest in the reassuring promises of God, “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (Romans 16:20). That is freedom!
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)