Reading through the Bible together
Why does the Lord wait to deliver you till it seems that things are impossible to fix? Moses asks this question in 5:22-23. The response by the Lord is magnificent! “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh.” God wants to make it clear to the Hebrews AND to the Egyptians that it is by His “arm and right hand” (Psa 44:2, 3) that they were delivered. All glory goes to God, and not to man. He tells Moses in vs. 6 that He will redeem Israel with “an outstretched arm and with great judgments.” Moses needed cheering up. He needed encouragement. Look to God’s Word when you see great mountains of impossibility rising before you. It will be by God’s power that you are delivered from your troubles.
Lineage is important to God and to the Hebrew nation. Moses and Aaron were NOT Egyptian. They were Hebrews and were chosen from the tribe of Levi to lead the nation out of Egypt. It was the tribe of Levi who showed loyalty to God after the incident at the worship of the Golden Calf, and who came on the Lord’s side. Despite all this encouragement, Moses still feels inadequate to speak with Pharaoh. Why will Pharaoh listen to me?
Kenneth Matthews, Jr.
Member of the Archeology Board
Southern Adventist University