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Monday, October 8, 2018

“There Will Be Blood”

Exodus 6:2-9

God does not address Moses’ charges against him.  God is not about to debate with Moses.  God responds by affirming who he is and what he will do.  This whole section is full of “I statements” on God’s part.

God states that he is the Lord.  He appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He established his covenant with them.  This covenant was made all on God’s side.  It did not depend on Abraham or anyone else (Gen. 15:1-21; Heb. 6:13).

God goes on to say that he has heard the “groaning” of his people.  He will rescue them.  He will bring them to the land that he promised them. God will not only free the Israelites from slavery.  He will take them to himself in a special relationship.  He will be their God and they will be his people.  How can the people know this?  How can they be sure?  God repeatedly affirms the fact that he and he alone is the Lord.  His promises never fail (Joshua 23:14).

However the people are so despondent and so disheartened that they cannot absorb God’s message.  They are described as suffering because of their broken spirit and cruel slavery.  It is possible that people in extreme distress can’t hear anything positive.

This however is not the end of the story.  It is not the end of our story when we may feel like the Hebrew slaves.  God does not give us a timetable of relief.  However God is at work.  God can already speak of having freed the Israelites from the burden of their slavery.  God lifts up the brokenhearted (Isa. 61:1).  Jesus quotes this same passage (Luke 4:16-19).

Lord give me your grace in brokenhearted situations to be able to speak a word of peace and comfort to those who are suffering.  In my own suffering may I always turn to you.  I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.