Scripture: And the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.” Exodus 6:1 ESV
Observation: The Exodus story continues after the insertion of Moses’ and Aaron’s genealogies in the second half of chapter 5. Here, Yahweh declares that he has made Abraham like God to Pharaoh and Aaron a prophet to Moses. Then, the verb tense turns to the future with a series of “I will” statements:
- I will harden Pharaoh’s heart (verse 3)
- I will stretch out my hand against Egypt (verses 4-5)
- I will bring my people out from Egypt by great acts of judgment (verses 4-5)
And the result? The people of Egypt will know that Yahweh is “I Am” (verse 5). Wisely, Moses and Aaron express no further doubts or concerns but prudently obey and take action (verse 6).
Observation: While God welcomes us to express our doubts and concerns to him, to cast our anxieties onto him (as discussed in yesterday’s Daily Focus), there comes the point when enough is enough. The Great I Am is speaking to us, and he reminds us that he will, and we will. So enough of the questions and expressed concerns, the Creator of the universe who calls us to take action will harden our enemies’ hearts and mete justice against them. So let’s put on his spiritual armor, draw his sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:10-18), and enter into the fray of conflict knowing that the outcome belongs to our Lord, that he will deliver us into our eternal Promised Land.
Prayer: Father God, we praise you, our Triune God, for you are the Great I Am! And we thank you for your patience when we express our fears and doubts. But we know there comes the point in time when we need to take action. So would you please help us rise above our questions and concerns and put on spiritual armor that we might follow you into battle against evil? Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling