O LORD, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me?
For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all. (5:22, 23)
Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, for I am of uncircumcised lips? (6:12)
Moses had heard all the promises of deliverance at the burning bush. He had faithfully, albeit hesitantly, followed. But things were not working out for that “great deliverance.” In fact, Pharaoh’s grasp of bondage was becoming ever tighter and more painful. Things were definitely getting worse and not better. So Moses turned to God with his list of grievances. They are so much like those of road-weary Christians today.
- Why is all of this happening?
- The harder I try, the worse the circumstances become.
- I’m not seeing the fulfillment of what You’ve promised (I do not see the “exit sign”).
- Even Your own people are rejecting your Word. How can I expect outsiders to listen?
But God, the lofty One who inhabits eternity (Isaiah 57:15) sees the big picture and responds, to Moses and to us.
- This is all happening because I have an eternal plan that does not begin and end with you (6:1-4).
- When my faithful people cry, I am listening and responding (6:5).
- Just because the fulfillment of promise is not immediate, does not mean it is not certain. My timing is perfect (6:6-8).
- Working to be “separate” from “Egypt” (a charge) is the answer for My people who are weak in faith (6:12,13). A distinctive people is necessary for outsiders to see the work of God through His people. (Israel had to believe they were leaving and get ready to leave prior to the working of God in Pharaoh.) Do we live today as if we really believe we are leaving it (our Egypt) all behind?
Let’s look at Isaiah 57: 15 one more time. I want to go and inhabit eternity, the high and holy place, with the One whose name is Holy. But, to do that, I have to have an humble and contrite spirit. The humble spirit waits on the Lord’s plan, knowing that He is listening as I suffer and that He responds with impeccable timing. Therefore, in faith, I will keep His charge to live every day and make each decision with the full knowledge that I am looking for the exit sign. I’m leaving my “Egypt” in a very short time.
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