Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt.
Moses was at the burning bush. He had approached a bush that was on fire but it did not burn up. God then introduced Himself.
“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Exodus 3:6
God appointed him the task of telling the Egyptian ruler to let the Israelite. Moses was less than enthusiastic about this mission.
Moses: And who shall I tell them is sending me.
God: I AM WHO I AM. I AM HAS SENT YOU.
The part of verse 16 that sticks out to me is the later part. “I have given heed to you and to what has been done to you in Egypt.” Everyday I read Facebook posts where the author expresses complete hopelessness. They may be estranged from their families. They may have relapsed into addiction. They may have experienced loss of a friend or family member, loss of a marriage or they may just feel lost. My answer to each of these scenarios is the same: God sees you.
God reiterates this twice more in Exodus 3.
v.7 …I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt… I am aware of their sufferings
v. 9 …I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them
Not only did God see their oppression, but He was coming to deliver them.
v. 8 So I have come down to deliver them
v. 17 I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt
Not only would God deliver them, but He would bless them.
v. 8 and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, (also v. 17)
v. 21,22 I will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed… Thus you will plunder the Egyptians.
I have been in bondage to many things. I felt like God had abandoned me. I was hopeless and felt like everyday was a curse and not a blessing. But now I know that God had never left me. He delivered me from my sin and He has granted me favor in the eyes of man.
- You must be willing to leave your captivity. The old familiar slavery may be comfortable, but it’s still slavery.
- You must be fearless enough to walk through the walls of water.
- You must heed the voice of God and those He sends.
- God sees you and He is working out your deliverance right now.
- He will lead you out of captivity, decimate your enemies and part seas ahead of you.
- He will lead you into the land He has hand-picked with you.