Remembering the Passover & Exodus: a selection of passages & meditations
"I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and I will take you for my people, and I will be your God"

Scripture: Exodus 6:2-13
2 And God said to Moses, "I am the LORD. 3 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. 4 I also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they dwelt as sojourners. 5 Moreover I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold in bondage and I have remembered my covenant. 6 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 their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment, 7 and I will take you for 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. 8 And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.'" 9 Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel; but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and their cruel bondage.

10 And the LORD said to Moses, 11 "Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the people of Israel go out of his land." 12 But Moses said to the LORD, "Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me; how then shall Pharaoh listen to me, who am a man of uncircumcised lips?" 13 But the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, and gave them a charge to the people of Israel and to Pharaoh king of Egypt to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

Meditation: God once again speaks to Moses of his purpose in redeeming the children of Israel--so that they might truly be his people (see 1 Peter 2:9-10, Revelations 21:1-4). God told Moses that he remembered his covenant with Abraham and he intended to put his promises into effect.

God made seven promises to Moses and the people of Israel: (1) I will free you of the burdents which the Egyptians lay upon you. (2) I will release you from slavery to them. (3) With strokes of power I will deliver you. (4) I will adopt you as my own people. (5) I will be your God. (6) I will bring you to the land I swore that I would give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (7) I will give this land to you for your in heritance.

This seven-fold promise represents the fulness of redemption which Jesus Christ fulfilled for all men and women.

When Moses related these promises to the Hebrews, they did not listen. Their hearts were broken and they were disbelieving because of the harsh treatment they received from Pharoah. Ever since Moses had returned to them and offered them assurance of God's deliverance, matters got worse rather then better. How do you respond to the promises of God when matters seem to get worse rather than better?

In the face of the people's rejection, Moses is hesitant to confront Pharoah again and to call his people to put their trust in God. Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me; how then shall Pharaoh listen to me, who am a man of uncircumcised lips? God once again gives Moses and Aaron the charge to the people of Israel and to Pharoah king of Egypt. Although hesitant and reluctanct, especially in the face of rejection from his people, and hostile opposition from Pharoah, Moses, nonetheless, did as the Lord commanded. He challenged Pharoah and his people with the Lord's directives. When you encounter difficulties, opposition or rejection, how do you respond?

"Lord Jesus Christ, you suffered and died for our sake, and won for us our redemption. Help me to embrace suffering and trials with faith and perseverance, that I may fulfill your will in all things and bring you glory."


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