Exodus, Chapter 6

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In Exodus chapter six, God’s certainty is met with Moses’ hesitancy. God tells Moses what he will see God do. God says, “Pharaoh will let the Israelites go.” Moses isn’t convinced. God reminds Moses of his relationship with his ancestors, and the covenant he has made with them. God assures Moses that he has heard the Israelites cries, and that he will free and redeem his people. But, scripture says, they are too broken in spirit to listen to Moses. Moses is too broken in spirit to accept God’s words. God tells Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him to free the Israelites. Moses responds, “the Israelites didn’t listen, why would Pharaoh?” God spoke again to Moses, and Aaron, telling them what to tell Pharaoh. Moses remains hesitant, scripture says, because, he is not an eloquent speaker. Right in the middle of chapter six is a genealogy, which, given Moses’ posture towards God, serves as a reminder of how God has known the Israelites for generations. There is a Hillsong song, called Hindsight, and some of the lyrics are;

I don’t need to know what the future says

‘Cause if the past could talk it would tell me this

My God isn’t finished yet

If He did it before He can do it again

So I’ll trust Him with what comes next

For the God I know is known for faithfulness

It seems that God is working to birth the sentiment of these words in Moses’ heart.

Respond

How do you meet God’s certainty in your life? What do you think God is working to birth in your heart? God tells Moses to speak truth to power. That is a dangerous task. Has God ever called you to speak truth to power?

Pray

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God of John Calvin, Billy Graham, and Martin Luther King Jr.,  you have been at work in your people for a long time. Forgive us for meeting your certainty with hesitancy. May your Spirit move us to trust in your call, and when all we have to offer is our hesitancy, move us anyways. In the name of the one who remained faithful unto death; Jesus, our Christ, Amen.

 

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