Thursday, February 15, 2018
Read : Exodus 5:22-6:12
Thoughts from: Hunter Clark
Have you ever felt like you were in an impossible situation? Worse yet, have you ever felt like you caused an impossible situation? That is exactly how Moses felt. In this passage Moses asks God, “Did you send me so that you could bring trouble on your people?” (v.22) Imagine feeling as if you are the reason your family and community are suffering and God placed you in that situation. We may feel like that at times, but that is not the whole story.
Thankfully biblical heroes are often as shortsighted as we are. When Moses musters up the courage to ask God why he was placed in these circumstances, God answers him in a mighty way, as God often does, and gives Moses (and the Israelites) seven promises.
1) “I will bring you out” –Salvation (v. 6)
2) “I will free you from being slaves” –Liberation (v. 6)
3) “I will redeem you with an outstretched arm”
–Redemption (v. 6)
4) “I will take you as my own people” –Adoption (v. 7)
5) “I will be your God” –Pride In Us (v. 7)
6) “I will bring you” –Guidance (v. 8)
7) “I will give it to you” –Prosperity (v. 8)
When God makes a promise (or seven) he delivers on them and keeps them. In this story, God kept his promises and delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt 3,000+ years ago. In the time of Jesus, we see the same promises fulfilled (and expanded to non-Israelites who believed). We see these promises fulfilled in our lives today, and we’re shown that these promises will be kept through the return of Christ in the age to come. God, and his promises, never change.