Notes on the Exodus (76)

“Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!

The Credentials of God’s Servants  (Chapter 6 Verses 10-30)

This reminds us that these redemptive giants are part of the developing story (v26-30). They are real flesh and blood men, so very human, like ourselves (James 5:17). This is something God’s people must never forget, the humanness of those called to be their spiritual leaders. They have feelings, struggles, temptations, probably more so than others. Their availability and usefulness to God often carry with it a depth and extent of the cost that very few realise. This is seen in the fullest sense in the life and experience of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shared our humanity every which way, sin, of course, excluded. We must not be thinking it was easy for Jesus, he was God’s man in the fullest sense, but who’s soul was exceeding sorrowful, even unto death. He experienced the depths of emotions, of sorrow, dejection and fear that is inconceivable to us. He bore the full weight and consequences of being the sin-bearer for God’s people. Not to mention the anger and wrath of God due to us. The exodus tells us something of the cost of leadership for Moses personally, but very little of the consequence of the ingratitude of the people. They came out of Egypt a mixed multitude (Exodus 12:38), doubtless there had been a lot inter-marrying. It was the non-Hebrews who were the first to be found morally wanting (Numbers 11:4). But Israel was no better. Ingratitude, unfaithfulness to God and to Moses marked all of them, leadership came cheap to them. If God was to add to this genealogy and include you, where would you come out? A faithful, grateful witness to the Lord, one who avoided the temptations to immorality? Zealous for God’s glory, or?

Finally, in this chapter (v27-30), God’s servants are honoured. Given a clear commission and authorisation from the Lord. However, in the presence of Pharaoh, it is Moses who stands first, he is God’s spokesman. That is all he has to do, speak God’s word. He hasn’t got to make things happen, it’s not about him winsomely winning Pharaoh’s heart and friendship, or even the right to speak. That right has been given him by God. It is the presence of God with him, that is where the dynamic, the power comes from. Moses gets it right here (v30). He could not be more right. It is the grace of God operating with him, and it is God’s grace in the end that will be magnified. “I am of uncircumcised lips” (v30). How can God use a sinful wretch such he, or indeed us to do his work? God’s goodness is magnified when his people are seen to be what they are, frail, sinful flesh, yet in his amazing grace, loved, and used by him for his divine purposes. He, God, is manifested to be what he is and what he has revealed himself to be here in the passage of Holy Writ. Jehovah, the faithful, unchanging, constant covenant Lord, in all his perfections of holiness, justice, compassionate, forgiving, patient, gracious, and abounding in mercy. Moses began a while back at the burning bush, afraid to go near God. But he has entered into a relationship with God, in which he was promised the ongoing presence of God. That this relationship is developing is evident, and Moses is learning more and more to bring all his troubles to his faithful covenant Lord. All this is the consequence of Divine grace.

God in his covenant of grace,
The broken chord he wills to mend;
His chosen people from out the race,
Man again becomes God’s best friend.

God’s covenant life in man restored,
Once more it echoes and vibrates;
The broken chord repaired and tuned,
Echoing friendship wonderful, sweet.

God’s covenant love has been revealed,
Reflecting the life of God Triune;
Pulsing through man, his soul, and mind,
Responding to God his true companion.

God’s formed his covenant in Jesus Christ,
Of God, through God, to God himself;
As sure as sure, man finds his rest,
In God Triune’s free grace and life.

God willed his covenant for man to see,
Encircled in the glow of love;
Arousing in man the desire to be,
Redeemed by grace, and with God to live.

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)

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