” ‘And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.’
Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage.” – Exodus 6:8-9 (NIV)
Without question, the Israelites are having a really rough time at this particular moment in Exodus. Pharaoh is tightening the screws on them and making their lives very difficult. They’re basically being ordered to do double their work with half the resources. In addition, they’re certainly not pleased with how their lives have changed since Moses and Aaron arrived on the scene. By all accounts, things have taken a turn for the worse. They’ve turned a deaf ear to Moses’ words, and worse, they’ve also now managed to tune God out as well. In the New Testament, Jesus said on several occasions, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” The Israelites apparently didn’t clearly hear God’s promises to them in the preceding verses (6:6):
“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.'”
Don’t we feel the same as the Israelites at times ? When we run into trouble, how quickly we can forget God’s promises. Our eyes and ears get closed up and we fail to see God’s outstretched arm looking to help us and guide us through our situation – if only we look to Him first. In verses 6-8 alone of Exodus 6, God gives to Moses and the Israelites seven “I will” statements. He says, “I will” – not “I can.”
Let’s remember that today.