RBT: Isaiah 53-56

Memory Verse: 'The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.” ' Exodus 3:7, NIV

Bible Text: Exodus 3:1-10

3:1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 

3:2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 

3:3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” 

3:4 When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” 

And Moses said, “Here I am.” 

3:5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 

3:6 Then he said, “I am the God of your 

father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. 

3:7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 

3:8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 

3:9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 

3:10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

An unknown poet vividly captured the experiences of Israel in the poem below: 

The children of Israel were fruitful in Egypt; 

They filled all the land as they spread; 

There rose up a new king not having known Joseph, 

Who thought of a scheme in his head… 

He burdened the Hebrews with toiling and labour, 

And taskmasters driving them hard. 

They built him the cities of Pithom and Ramses, 

And all protestations were barred… 

The Lord took account of His people in Egypt because He had covenanted; 

The oath He had sworn to their fathers in Canaan, 

To Abraham, Isaac his seed; 

And having confirmed it to Jacob at Bethel, 

That Canaan was their title deed. –Anonymous

It is evident in today's passage and in the poem above that, God took the initiative in the deliverance of the Israelites in view of His covenants and promises to their fathers. God knew their sufferings (vv. 7-10), and later sent Christ to experience bodily suffering so as to deliver us (Hebrews 4:14-16). 

Moses was the chosen agent in the time of the Israelites. In our time, God is our deliverer through the blood of Jesus Christ. God hears and answers prayers. Ask God for deliverance over the challenges you are facing now.

Insight: Only God can deliver you from unpleasant situations.

Prayer: LORD, deliver me from my oppressors.

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