God Promises Deliverance
6 But the LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”
God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they lived as sojourners. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.’” Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.
So the LORD said to Moses, “Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the people of Israel go out of his land.” But Moses said to the LORD, “Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?” But the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron and gave them a charge about the people of Israel and about Pharaoh king of Egypt: to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
The Genealogy of Moses and Aaron
These are the heads of their fathers’ houses: the sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi; these are the clans of Reuben. The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman; these are the clans of Simeon. These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari, the years of the life of Levi being 137 years. The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, by their clans. The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, the years of the life of Kohath being 133 years. The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites according to their generations. Amram took as his wife Jochebed his father’s sister, and she bore him Aaron and Moses, the years of the life of Amram being 137 years. The sons of Izhar: Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri. The sons of Uzziel: Mishael, Elzaphan, and Sithri. Aaron took as his wife Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab and the sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. The sons of Korah: Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph; these are the clans of the Korahites. Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took as his wife one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites by their clans.
These are the Aaron and Moses to whom the LORD said: “Bring out the people of Israel from the land of Egypt by their hosts.” It was they who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt about bringing out the people of Israel from Egypt, this Moses and this Aaron.
On the day when the LORD spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, the LORD said to Moses, “I am the LORD; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.” But Moses said to the LORD, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips. How will Pharaoh listen to me?”
Exodus 6 Commentary
by Hank Workman
There are many times God calls us to a task far greater than we believe can be accomplished. Just think of the prayers you have at the moment along these lines. So many times, the Holy Spirit brings about a burden in some form toward a situation, a person, a people group that is so far reaching. There is a reason He chose you to share in this situation. And although, the proposed outcome or desired effect of where freedom will come to another, or relief or even healing taking place (really you can fill in the blank on whatever the leaning is), God is doing a tremendous work in you.
Sometimes in these matters our own vision and focus leans toward the reality of the situation when God is actually at work behind the scenes. In such times we must go back to the promises from God we believe to be true. We must return to the hope found only in God and not a desired result of which we’re praying toward.
“Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh…” God said. “I am the Lord.” God used this moment of questioning to remind Moses of who He was and how He had the ability to do whatever was needed. In the middle of such questioning, God spoke to Moses that He will absolutely fulfill what He has promised. It was a promise that began way back with the Patriarchs in His calling of them. He made a covenant to these men and had not forgotten such promises. Reminding Moses of this was a reminder He would keep His covenant with His people.
In 7 separate statements, God promises He will do what He promised. “I will bring you out. I will rescue you from their bondage. I will redeem you. I will take you as my people. I will be your God. I will bring you into the land. I will give it to you as a heritage.”
These promises spoke strongly to Moses but they should also resonate in us. They give hope beyond the situation we are called to in order that we ourselves will believe God will keep His word. Yes, you may be in the middle of such questioning yourself. And you may be struggling at the moment to believe and understand what your role is. Press in to the Holy Spirit. Seek His wisdom and guidance. Seek the strength needed for this day. Pursue relentlessly whatever burden God has given you. Circle back to His many promises. He is the Lord.
Exodus 6 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Leap of faith. Failure. Encouragement. Repeat.
This pretty much sums up the journey of Moses. Likewise, it may sum up our spiritual lives. God not only reminds Moses of His promises, but He gives him even more encouraging words to work with.
1. God will take Israel as His own people.
2. He will be their God in a very special and exclusive way.
3. The situation with Egypt will make it clear that He is their God and over all things.
4. They will be guided to the Promised Land.
5. Their land will become their inheritance.
All these great things despite what verse 5 says about Israel. They groaned.
“Furthermore I have heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, because the Egyptians are holding them in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant.Exodus 6:5 NASB
Can you believe the grace here? I’ve heard some people comment on how the Old Testament just doesn’t have grace like the New Testament. To an extent that is true because the New Testament has Jesus. But here, we witness an overwhelming amount of mercy and grace on the part of God. Israel, by their actions, has no claim to any of these promises. The only way they will happen is through the Lord. They are not entitled to them, nor can they work to earn them.
Reading a chapter like this reminds me of how much grace I’ve been given. Even when I complained and grumbled, God had mercy on me. He looked at me and overwhelmed me with His presence. He flooded His promises upon me. It’s indescribable.