“Exposing the Exodus”
Go! – (Chapter 6 Verses 10-30)
God reiterates his intentions regarding his people Israel, which he will carry through in his own power. He takes full responsibility for redeeming them and taking them to the promised land. It was God who would do this, not Moses. It is God alone who can bring us out from under the burden of sin, with its guilt and shame. God himself makes it very personal (v7). They were God’s by his choice, not theirs. Their spirits are broken, crushed but God remains committed to them. This has a profound effect on Moses also. He must have been sorely discouraged. But this is the experience of many Ministers. Remember how Jesus was bitterly criticised, devalued and opposed, but he was never deflected from his ministry. There is much more to come for Moses too, but he too kept on. We are all warned as to what we will face through the generations, “if the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me” (John 15:18-21). In the meantime God sends his servant back to Pharaoh (v10). Redemption always as its price, in this instance, it is pay-back time for the Egyptians. Israel will be redeemed by judgment. The mighty acts of God’s judgment upon them will be the occasion of Israel’s liberation. As it was with Noah and his family, God saved his church by means of judging the then world. The gates of hell will never prevail against God’s church (Matthew 16:18).
The message again is “go” (v10). Moses complaint in response is the people won’t listen to him so how will Pharaoh listen? Moses is perhaps still thinking in terms of Pharaoh being impressed, moved by mere rhetoric. Alas, it takes more than that to shift a dead sinner. It’s not by eloquence, erudition, by might or by power (Zechariah 4:6). The Lord refuses to allow his servant to dwell upon his own limitations. God is not limited. The answer for Moses as for the people has been given (v6-8), the being, the character of God. Who, what God is and what he has solemnly declared he will do. God will not allow his people to lie comfortable and content in their slavery. Maybe you yourself in your own path of obedience are faced with problems, setbacks, and discouragements? Perhaps even doubts as to your own abilities and adequacies? Well, bring to mind who it is that you serve. It is the same God Moses served, the constant, unwavering, dependable, “I Am.” He hasn’t changed one iota. Hw who has promise you salvation, given you the privilege of service. Will he not also provide everything else needed? In “his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises” (2Peter 1:3-4). Get a hold on God, who and what he is, steadfast, immovable, a rock, a fortress, he is everything you need to to forward. Go!
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)