Read - Exodus 6:9-12
Message - Alan Burke
Think back to where we left off last week, how the Lord had said, 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). And when the Israelites heard the "I will’s” of the Lord they said as a people “I won’t listen”. In spite of these wonderful promises of God, that were filled with such wonderful news of salvation, that they would be brought out of their burdens, delivered from slavery, redeemed, they would be God’s people, they would be brought into a new land and it would be theirs, because of their cruel bondage they were unmoved. Pharaoh had driven the wedge firmly between them and Moses and between them and their God. The people may have been defeated because of their discouragement and cruel bondage but God was not defeated, he was at work and would work, he was doing all of this to bring salvation to them, and once more the Lord (10-11) tells Moses to go to Pharaoh.
He is to go, but how on earth could Moses persuade Pharaoh when the people of God has so firmly rejected the I wills of God. How could he convince pharaoh when he had failed so miserably to convince his fellow countrymen. God was telling Moses to go and once more he tries to wrangle himself out of it as he gives another excuse because he too had heard the I will’s of God but hands understood that none of this was dependant on him, or the people but it was dependant on the Lord himself (12). Moses still hadn’t quite got it, it wasn’t about who he was but whose he was. For it was the Lord who would bring salvation, Moses would be used by God to bring this salvation, he was a saviour but God was the saviour of his people. Here even though things had gone from bad to worse for the people of God it was all part of God’s plan to redeem his people and bring salvation to the ends of the earth. God had everything under control.
Salvation was God’s work, not theirs, he would do it. For us we need to know this truth, Salvation is God’s work for us, he has done it though Jesus Christ. For God having, out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, (Eph. 1:4) did enter into a (covenant of grace), to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer. (Rom. 3:20–22, Gal. 3:21–22) (WSC20). Salvation is God’s work, from beginning to end it is God’s work. For it is “By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8).
Seriously would you want your eternal salvation to reliant on your own endeavours, on your own ability, on how good you were, on how many times you prayed today, on how many times you read his word, or how good a job at loving the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and might and your neighbour as yourself? Thankfully, just like Israel in Egypt, our salvation does not depend upon our own faithfulness, but upon HIS! Salvation is God’s work!
Q 10 How did God create man?
God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures. (Gen. 1:26–28, Col. 3:10, Eph. 4:24)