Answering Unlearned Questions

follow Follow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 6 [2]

“Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”[3]

In response to Moses unlearned questions God looked to the future. There was no point in rehashing what was done in the past that cannot be undone. The only people beaten were the leaders who led God’s people astray when they entered a business deal to build Pharaoh’s treasure cities instead of wait for the city God is building.

God knows how to deal with evil leaders like Pharaoh and the lackeys who serve him. God told Moses when he is finished Pharaoh would do more than let them leave to worship their God. He would drive them out of Egypt. But if you think God is gloating about the way he will destroy Pharaoh you are wrong. God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked.[4] He is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance[5], and that includes Pharaoh. If God is gloating about anything, it is the patience and kindness he will extend to man who thinks he is God’s equal. When God is finished both Egypt and the Hebrews who serve Egypt will know who is Lord.

Once again, God defines who he is and why he is present. He is the God who swore an oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Every time God calls himself the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob he is preaching the gospel to Moses. He is reminding Moses that he will give the land Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived on to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through one seed who will sacrifice himself that God might redeem us from death and grant us eternal life. God swore the oath that established his covenant as irrevocable when Abraham and Isaac proved they believed God raises the dead with more than words on Mt. Moriah.

Once again, God reminds Moses he is acting on behalf of the Hebrews because he heard the Hebrews groaning in misery and remembered his covenant with a man who proved his faith with actions. The Hebrews slavery did not move God to act. Their misery did not move God to act. God’s integrity moved God to action. The Hebrews faith did not move God to act. The remembrance of Abraham’s faith moved God to action. He will remove the burdens Egypt laid upon them that made their lives miserable. He will redeem them with great judgments. He will accept them as his people and be their God.

Moses brought the good news to the Hebrews, but they refused to listen. They did not care about the things God planned to do tomorrow. Their lives were miserable today. God did not let their unbelief stop him. He came to deliver them and they were delivered from Egypt but they will never make it out of the desert because they did not believe the gospel.

“For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them [the Hebrews]; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”[6]

[1] From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.

[2] All scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Exodus 5:22-23

[4] Ezekiel 33:11

[5] 2 Peter 3:9

[6] Hebrews 4:2

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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