God Promises Action

As a country boy, I remember seeing a team of horses drawing a very heavy load of logs, and as they came to a hard place they struggled and strained every muscle, but they could not start the load. Then the driver took some of the logs off and tried to get them to start the load, … More

Discouragement

In the previous chapter Moses became very discouraged and  began to question why God had put him in this situation and then why he had not delivered His people. When we are discouraged it is very easy to be tempted to question God and wonder why He hasn’t taken care of our problems. However, just like Moses, we must trust Him and be assured that his purpose and timing is for our ultimate good. Moses certainly was discouraged but in this passage he takes his problem to the Lord! When he does God encourages him by reminding him of:

  1. Who He was - (vv 1-3) - All powerful.
  2. His covenant - (v. 4) - Promised Israel the land of Canaan.
  3. His personal concern - (v. 5) - About how the people are suffering because of the Egyptians.
  4. Great judgments on Egypt (v. 6) - Promises to punish the Egyptians.
  5. An inheritance of the Lord (vv. 7-8) - Will bring the people into the promised land.

God’s purpose in allowing Pharaoh to oppress Israel was that His power and glory might be known to the world. However, when Moses reported these assurances to the people they still would not listen (v. 9). This caused Moses to hesitate and question his own oratorical ability. However, this  objection was answered by the Lord’s command for him to again go to Pharaoh and demand the release of Israel (vv. 10-13).

Application

I should never be discouraged and tempted to quit when other Christians don’t seen to appreciate what I’m doing for the Lord? Instead I need to trust His timing and ultimate purpose.

Exodus 6:1-13 (English Standard Version)

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.

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