2017-09-03 - Exodus ~ Moses' Second Concern
God's Name, Exodus 3:16-18
Verses 16-18: There must have been some organizational structure among the Hebrews because the Lord sent Moses to the elders. The message to them was, “The God of your fathers is well aware of your suffering.”
Considering that for almost four hundred years, God had been silent, it was no wonder Moses felt it would be difficult to get them to listen. But the message was, God would free them from Egypt and return them to the land of Canaan, a land they had never known. And yes, the land was currently occupied a number of different peoples - but it would soon to be theirs.
What is sad is often we turn to God when we find ourselves in a spot we cannot live in. But then we really don’t believe He will do anything. For some reason, we tend to believe He wants us to continue suffering.
“… Which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9–11).
It is clear God loves us. We are His children and He wants what’s best for us. We are called to His service. But as we already noted, we are called to His glory. His concern is for our growth, which may mean suffering, but growth is the issue, growth in love. We can trust Him and turn to Him with our desires. We just need to remember, He knows what is best for us.
So though the Lord had been silent for some time, it was to allow a handful of people to grow into a great nation. That having occurred, now was the time for them to return to their homeland. The call was one to trust the Lord and His representative Moses.
Exodus Study to be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.