Read - Exodus 6:2-9
Message - Alan Burke
Have you ever had to go back to basics, well here that’s what the Lord does with Moses, giving him a theology lesson, a doctrine lesson that is important for him and his people to hear. He begins by reminding Moses of the truth of who he is, he reiterates ‘I am the LORD’ (2), not only that, but also what he had done, what he was doing and what he would do, this was a back to basics lesson for Moses. And this was the turning point for the people of God, for although they knew him, they would now know him, and they see that he is the Lord God. They would know the Lord God almighty in how he would act with his might arm, how he would redeem them from Egypt in how pharaoh would kick them out (1).
Moses when he greets the people is to remind the people who the Lord was that sent him. Look at the promises the Lord gives Moses to take to them; I will bring you out from under the burdens (6), I will deliver you from slavery (6), I will redeem you (6), I will take you to by my people (7), I will be your God (7), I will bring you into the land (8), I will give it to you. (8).
I will, I will, I will, seven times, I will. The Lord was reminding them of what he would do. He wanted his people to understand that the answer to all their problems, was not to be found by running off to pharaoh as the foremen had done. Rather the answer to their problems was him. Their salvation depended on him, on who he was and is and ever more shall be. God had begun this work of salvation because of his abundant and amazing grace, he would end their slavery, it would all be his work, and they were being saved for his glory and to worship him. What ever they faced in the meantime, God was at work in the midst of it all, although they could not escape from their hardship they could take test in him, knowing that his Lordship was the answer in all they faced. But look to the response of the people (9) “they did not listen to Moses”. they were a defeated people, to God’s ‘I will’ they as a people said ‘I won’t’.
As we close, Notice what the Lord said to Moses in verse 2, he said; “I am the Lord”. Look down to verse 6, when Moses is to go to the people of Israel and what does the Lord say once more that Moses is to say to the people: “I am the Lord”. Then look down to verse 8 and he finishes what he is saying to Moses and the people by saying; “I am the Lord”.
“I am the Lord”
To know this, that he indeed is the Lord is was what Moses needed in the midst of his anguish, to know this is what the people needed in the midst of their oppression, to know that it was the Lord the one who would bring salvation, that salvation belongs to the Lord, from beginning to the end it is the Lord’s work and to know him and his salvation is what we need more than anything else in this world. To Know that he is the Lord, to have him as Lord of our lives.
It is through Jesus that we have salvation from our sin, Moses was a saviour of the people of God whereas Jesus was the saviour, the one who has freed us from our sins by his blood (rev 1:5). He came, suffered, died, rose and ascended so that we could know the glorious riches of this salvation that has been purchased on our behalf. At the end of all our days, Jesus is the one who will bring us to the land of glory. It is by his resurrection that we have “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven” for us (1 Pet. 1:4).
Q 8 How doth God execute his decrees?
God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence.