God’s Personal Encouragement to His Messenger

Exodus 6:1-5 (ESV) ~ But the LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.” God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD. 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. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they lived as sojourners. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant.

 

There is a personal encouragement to God’s messenger, Moses by doing four things:

 

  • God promised to raise His mighty hand against Pharaoh and force Pharaoh to free the people (Exodus 6:1). God had already made this promise to His messenger at the burning bush (Exodus 3:10). But as with all of us, Moses needed to be reassured of God’s promise time and time again. He needed to be reminded of God’s great promise, that He would force the terrible enslaver to free the people of God.
    • The Lord will deliver us by His mighty hand. He will deliver us from all our enemies, whether seen or unseen, visible or invisible, physical or spiritual.
    • 2 Timothy 4:18 (ESV) ~ The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
    • 2 Samuel 22:2 (ESV) ~ He said, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
  • God assured Moses: I am the LORD (Jehovah, Yahweh). The basic meaning of LORD is Savior, Redeemer, and Deliverer. The LORD was able to redeem and deliver the people of God (Exodus 6:2-3). This was a very special revelation being made to Moses, a very special experience that God was giving to His dear messenger who was so crushed, broken, and desperate.
    • The great patriarchs—Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—had experienced God as God Almighty (El Shaddai) not as Jehovah. They had known God as Jehovah, known that He was the great Redeemer and Deliverer, but they had never witnessed the deliverance of God’s people. They had the great promises of God, but they had never experienced the fulfillment of those promises.
    • But now, Moses and Israel were to see the very meaning of God’s name fulfilled. They were to be the eye-witnesses of God’s name exploding across the pages of human history: they were to see the LORD (Jehovah, Yahweh) redeem and deliver His people in the great Exodus from Egypt. God’s name as LORD (Jehovah, Yahweh), as the great Redeemer and Deliverer, was to be fulfilled in the redemption and deliverance of Israel from slavery to freedom.
    • Note also that God declared His name four times in giving this great encouragement to Moses: “I am the LORD” (Exodus 6:2, 6, 7, 8). He is able to do anything and all things, even redeem and deliver His people from slavery and set them free.
  • God reviewed His covenant with Moses, reviewed His great promise to give the promised land to His people (Exodus 6:4).
  • God shared His compassion and concern for the sufferings of His people: He heard their cries and remembered His covenant with them (Exodus 6:5).
    • God cares for His people, for all of us, just as He cared for Moses and Israel. No matter how crushed, broken, and desperate we may become, God is concerned. He has great compassion for us, and He will help meet our need. No matter what our problem, sin, or shame is, God longs to help us. God is the LORD, our great Redeemer and Deliverer. He will redeem and deliver us from all our troubles and enslavements to this world.
    • Psalm 28:7 (ESV) ~ The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
    • Isaiah 41:10 (ESV) ~ fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
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