I AM THE LORD
I Have Remembered My Covenant
The Lord does not disparage Moses for his discouragement. Instead, God reaffirms his covenant. God would show his power and Pharaoh would personally drive Israel out of the land because of God's actions. God reminds Moses that he is the source of being, blessedness, and infinite perfection. It was God who called this people starting with Abraham, but the patriarchs did not know God by this name. Yahweh reveals that he is eternal, self-existent, and all sufficient. God had established his covenant with the patriarchs, and they would possess the land of Canaan. God heard the groaning of his people, and he remembers his promise. He is the Lord who relieves burdens, delivers from slavery, and redeems with his powerful outstretched arm. He would judge the Egyptians by his mighty deeds. Yahweh would take the Israelites to be his people, and he would be their God. The Lord would keep his promise, liberate his people, and they would possess the land promised to their forefathers. He is God, and he will accomplish all that he says for his glory. Moses recited these words to the people, but they would not listen because of their circumstances. They could not forget their distress or see past it. Their spirits were broken, and it was difficult to receive these words or hold to the hope they offered. God instructs Moses to go to Pharaoh again and demand the release of his people. Moses objects and cannot imagine Pharaoh listening when his own people won't listen to him. God will not change his directive and charges them to fulfill the mission that he has given to them.
The story is interrupted at this point to demonstrate the connection between the patriarchs and these leaders. God is always at work and accomplishing his plan and his purpose. This interlude serves to give some historical perspective. God has always been saving his people, and Egypt has not erased their identity. They are descended from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We learn the name of Moses mother is Jochebed. Moses and Aaron belong to the tribe of Levi which God would later ordain as the priestly clan. These details establish Moses and Aaron as the ones God spoke to and commissioned to bring his people out of Egypt (v. 26-27). The narrative picks up where it left off in verse twenty-eight.
Things To Consider:
- Why does God's character matter when it comes to covenants?
- Why is God's name so important?
- Why is it good to study God's activity in the past?
- How does history affect the present?
- Why is it important to be reminded that God was bringing these events to pass?
- Why does God take us to be his people?
- How difficult was it for Moses when the people would not listen?
- What excuses do we use when God gives us a directive?
- Why are genealogies helpful?
- Why is it difficult to trust God without the support of your family and friends?