Friday, March 8, 2013

Deliverance is on it's Way

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 sufferings.  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 -"  Exodus 2:7-8a

God is our deliverer.  Sometimes when deliverance is on it's way, the situation and circumstance can seem to get harder rather than easier.  We know this because we are told that" these fiery trials comes our way to prove our faith more precious than gold" in 1 Peter 1:7. 

The Israelites were now in bondage in Egypt.  They had no hope for themselves or for their offspring.  They had become slaves in a foreign land.  Although they had become numerous and fruitful, they were no longer able to enjoy the fruits of their labor.  Instead, they encountered a jealous and fearful Pharaoh who desired to kill their children and enslave them.  Their misery was so great that God heard them crying out.  He saw their suffering and now it was time to bring them up out of Egypt.

So God sent Moses to accomplish this task.  Moses was chosen to bring God's people out of Egypt.  God gave the word to Moses to go to Pharaoh to bring his people out of Egypt.  He even informed him that Pharaoh would not let his people go unless his mighty hand compels him to.  He let Moses know that he would perform mighty signs and miracles and would strike the Egyptians and when he is done that the Egyptians would be favorably disposed towards them so that they will not leave empty handed. 

Initally, the Israelites were excited to hear how God has heard them.  They were so humbled that they bowed down and worshipped God.  But this soon ended after Moses first meeting with Pharaoh.  Pharaoh increased their labor and kept the same quota.  As soon as the promise came to them, the trial soon followed. The trial came to test their faith in God.  Although they were given the promise of their deliverance, when the taskmasters beat them, they became discouraged.  Moses became the focus of their displeasure because he was the one who brought the word.  Although they had heard the sure word of their deliverance, when they experienced delay, pain, suffering and grief they
became faithless.  They let discouragement come between them and their promise.  Although Moses was informed that Pharaoh would not release them unless he was compelled to do so, Moses also became upset.  He told God "If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?" However, God knew that they needed to have their faith built up. 

Faith would come through them coming to know God as being great.  He would reveal himself as God Almighty.  He was getting ready to show his greatness through signs, wonders and miracles.  He was teaching him to trust, no matter what he saw.  He was looking to show them that his word is true.  Just like he was with Abraham, Jacob and Isaac he too would be with them.  He was fulfilling the promise that he gave to Abraham 400 years ago.  He was bringing them into the promise land. 

God is our deliverer.   He sent his son Jesus to set the captives free, give sight to the blind and remove all oppression (Luke 4:18).  Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (Acts 10:38).  Just as God came to deliver Israel from Pharaoh, God has come to deliver us through Jesus Christ from bondage, sin, oppression and spiritual blindness.  However, through the process we may encounter like Israel trials.  We know that trials are their to refine our faith.  It is there to remove those obstacles such as disappointment, discouragement, hopelessness and faithlessness from our lives.  These trials are used to refine our faith making it much more precious than gold.  It will give us the ability to trust in God and know who he is.  We come to know of his greatness through our trial.  We see our victory through him and his great love through Jesus Christ.  Although, we may be walking through a trial today, we have assurance and his sure word that he will deliver us. 

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