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Why 240996? Because 24/09/96 is when I was born again!
Moses was out of excuses, but he still didn’t want to go and deliver God’s people. This verse was his last throw of the dice. God was having none of his reticence however.
In fact, in the next verse, we’re told that God was angry with Moses for his numerous excuses. One of his excuses was that he wasn’t a confident speaker. God graciously provided his big brother Aaron to be his mouthpiece.
If God wants us to do something, we ought to just get on and do it. He doesn’t take kindly to dawdlers. He equips those He calls so we don’t have to feel inadequate.
God has called us to make Christ known. Jesus is the Saviour of the world. The world needs to get to know Jesus- we need to tell people.
‘Father in heaven, we praise You for Christ crucified on our behalf. May we make Him known, and not make excuses for our reticence. In His name we pray, amen’
And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped. Exodus 4:31 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/exo.4.31.ESV
It’s not how we start that really matters, but how we end. This generation may have believed God was going to deliver them, but once He did they were consumed with grumbling. As judgement they perished in the wilderness.
We mustn’t let the end of the story negate the element of positivity here however. The people had nothing to go on but Moses and Aaron’s word, yet they still believed. Often we don’t get signs and wonders to help us us- we just have to take God’s word for it- that’s why it’s called faith.
The people were humbled by the fact that God had visited them and taken note of their suffering. Sometimes we don’t need answers so much as to know that Someone cares. Thankfully He does.
Thankfully God has done something about suffering. Christ took our suffering upon Himself upon the cross so that we can ultimately be delivered from this suffering age. An eternity free from suffering is to come.
‘Lord our God, we’re thankful that You’re not indifferent to our suffering but will ultimately do away with it forever. Help us to worship You today, in Christ’s name, amen’
Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, Exodus 3:7 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/exo.3.7.ESV
I love this verse, because it reveals a lot about the Lord. Firstly, He sees, or as the theologians would say, He’s omniscient- all knowing. In the context, we see that He cares as well.
God was revealing Himself to Moses, who He had chosen to deliver His people Israel out of Egypt. That alone shows He cares. Not only so, but He would overcome Moses’ numerous objections to his mission, and work many miracles to bring His people out.
The fact that God describes Israel as ‘my people’ shows that He identifies with them. God isn’t some distant, impersonal force out there in the universe. The eternal Son of God was to be born of a Jewish virgin.
God isn’t deaf to the cries of His suffering people. He knows, not just intellectually, buy personally, what we’re going through. Jesus suffered more than anyone on the cross, and bore all our failures to flee temptation upon Himself.
‘Lord our God, please answer our cries for mercy. We know we’re undeserving, but we pray in the gracious name of Jesus and for His sake, amen’