A Study in the Life of Moses: Exodus 6:1-13

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”

And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the LordI appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord[a] I was not known to them. I have also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers. And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant. Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord.’” So Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel; but they did not heed Moses, because of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage.

10 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 11 “Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the children of Israel go out of his land.”

12 And Moses spoke before the Lord, saying, “The children of Israel have not heeded me. How then shall Pharaoh heed me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?”

13 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, and gave them a command for the children of Israel and for Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.  Exodus 6:1-13

Now that Pharaoh has rejected the word of the Lord, the Lord will move and cause Pharaoh to drive the Hebrews out.  Pharaoh will be completely humbled when God is done and the nation of Egypt completed decimated.  God always gives people a time to repent, but if His word and His warning are rejected it is always followed with action.  God will never lie and when He sends forth a warning and it is not heeded, He will carry out His will.

God speaks to Moses and says “I am the Lord”.  God is making it very clear to Moses that He and He alone is God.  There is no one greater and it is very foolish for a mere man who has been created by God to believe that he can stand in the way of the word of God.  There are many on the earth today just like Pharaoh.  They truly believe they are the ones in control and there is no one or nothing that can stop them.  It is their pride and arrogance that blinds them.

God speaks to Moses and speaks of appearing to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but at that time His name Yahweh He was not known.  Yahweh means I am that I am.  God throughout His word has given a progressive revelation of who He is.  As we continue to study God’s word in depth and journey through the scriptures we gain a deeper and fuller understanding of who God is.

God makes it very clear that He was the one who established the covenant with Abraham, Issac, and Jacob and it is God alone who will fulfill and carry out His covenant.  God has so designed His plans and purposes that He alone is the only one who can carry them out.  He opens doors that no one can shut, and shuts doors that no one can open.  God is giving Moses a greater revelation of who He is.

There has not been one cry that has gone unheard by the Lord.  In hearing their cries the Lord remembers the covenant established with Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.  The Hebrews of the heir of Abraham and the covenant promises established with Abraham have been passed onto the Hebrews.

The Lord commands Moses to return to the Hebrews and to let them know that they have not been forgotten.  That God will fulfill His plans and purposes with great judgments that will be poured out.  Many times when we are waiting upon the Lord we can feel like we have some how been forgotten.  But the Lord will always be faithful to fulfill His every promise in His own time.  His timing is perfect.  Much different from our own.

That Lord says that Israel will take Him as their God and they will be His people.  The Lord is going to make it very clear that He is the one setting them free.  The Lord knew the hearts of the people.  He knew how throughout their history they would reject Him and His word.  But God in His grace and mercy still moves in their situation and still fulfills His covenants and His promises.

The Lord promises to bring them into the land that He swore to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.  That God in His might and power would be faithful to carry out His purpose and His will.  Too many times we focus on circumstances instead of how truly awesome God is.  If we will just fix our hearts upon Jesus we will understand that nothing is impossible with Him.

The people are broken because of the bondage they find themselves in.  They fail to heed to word of the Lord from Moses to them.  But the Lord has seen their brokenness and has risen up Moses as His champion at this hour in history.  The Lord is always seeking those who will stand for Him when no one else will.  These are His champions and they have been found throughout history.  They are those who hold fast to the Lord and His word when others will not.  They are those who become vessels of His glory.

The Lord speaks to Moses and commands him to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let the Israelites go free.  The Lord is not telling Moses to ask Pharaoh, He is telling Moses to command Pharaoh to let them God.  Pharaoh possessed earthly authority.  But Moses walked with the authority of the Lord and Pharaoh would come to know first hand the power and authority of the Living God.

Moses has a moment of doubt and discouragement in his heart.  He has seen how the people have rejected the word of the Lord.  Why if the people have rejected the word of the Lord would Pharaoh listen to what Moses had to say.  This is why it is important to understand that God uses broken vessels that are not perfect.  Moses was a man who was broken and had many faults of his own.  But Moses was willing to do that which the Lord asked him to do.  God today simply seeks those who are willing and those who will simply say yes.

The Lord is not stunned by Moses complaint but simply commands Moses and Aaron to speak to the people and to speak to Pharaoh.  Again the Lord understood all the fear and discouragement Moses would face.  This is why he didn’t send Moses forth alone.  He provided Aaron by his side.  When God sends us forth, He will never send us alone.  He will always properly equip us, prepare us, and bring those alongside who are needed to carry out His will.  Moses had an extraordinary task before Him, but God was empowering Moses every step of the way.  With God nothing is truly impossible.


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