Week of January 14 - Day 2

Day 2  Read: Exodus 6:2-8

2 God spoke to Moses and said to him, “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 lived as sojourners. 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, 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 slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. 7 I will take you to be 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 I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord.’” 

Reflect:  What does God promise in these verses?

Consider: And I will bring you out is literally “I will cause you [plural] to come out.” It is the first of three different verbs that are quite similar in meaning (bring … out, deliver, redeem), all to be spoken in the first person (I will) to the Israelites (you). It means “I will deliver you”, or “I will release you”. From under the burdens of the Egyptians is very literal. The burdens of the Egyptians means “the burdens which the Egyptians lay on you”, or “the forced labor of the Egyptians”. Another way to express this clause is “I will free you from doing hard labor for the Egyptians.” And I will deliver you from their bondage uses different words to say the same thing. I will deliver you means “I will release you”, and from their bondage means “from their oppression by the Egyptians.”[1]

Respond: Which of the four “I will” statements resonate with you most deeply? Why? God bookended the “I will” statements by saying, “I am Yahweh.” Why is it important to look at God’s promises in the context of who He is? What are the risks if we do not do so?

 

[1]  Noel D. Osborn and Howard A. Hatton, A Handbook on Exodus, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1999), 134.