Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord.’ ” (Exodus 6:6-8)
I Am The Lord
When Moses learns of the plan of the Lord to deliver the Hebrews from Egyptian bondage, he gains an important insight into the character of Jehovah God. The bondage of the people has been severe and because of their cry it is now time to bring them out of the land of Egypt to the land promised long ago to Abram. God will impress upon the people His character that should give them hope in their deliverance from the toils of life. Their failings will come because they forgot who God is and what mighty power He exercised over the nation of Egypt. When God says that “I am the Lord” He is declaring His glory, His might, His power and His mercy.
There are five things the Lord declares in this message to Moses. I will bring; I will rescue; I will redeem; I will take; and I will be. Contained within these five characteristics is the nature of the Holy God. There was nothing the Hebrews could do to deliver themselves. The bondage of Egypt had subjected them to a harsh world of bondage. If there was any hope to be saved from the slavery of Egypt it was only by the power of God. Never in the history of Israel could the people say they saved themselves. God’s grace saved the people from bondage. Our bondage to sin could only be granted by the power of the Lord. There is nothing we can do to remove sin from our lives. Only through the grace of God will we find deliverance.
It will be the mercy of God that rescues the people. As mighty as the people had become in Egypt the plan to deliver them could only come from the hand of the Lord. Where did the plagues come from? These were not natural occurrences or coincidences of the time they lived. The plagues were the powerful testimony of the Lord’s great might to rescue the people. The rescue at the Red Sea was again a powerful demonstration of God’s mercy upon the people. In their deliverance the nation of Egypt suffered greatly. The wisdom of man is great but he is unable to rescue his state of sinful rebellion. Only God could rescue man from sin and He accomplished that through the gift of His only begotten Son. As Israel could never claim they rescued themselves man cannot claim he saved himself. The mercy of God is found in the blood of Jesus Christ to open a door of rescue.
Because of the love of God the Hebrew people were redeemed – bought back. For more than four hundred years the children of Abraham lived in a foreign land. Through the love of God they would now be redeemed by the hand of God. They were bought back to a place of prominence with the Lord. Their deliverance was a sign of God’s love for them and how He loved them so much to redeem them back. The love of God has redeemed man. Enslaved to the shackles of sin the blood of Jesus Christ has redeemed us. Nothing we have done deserves this sacrifice. Redemption is the grace, mercy and love of God.
The final gift of God is that He will take the Hebrews as His own people and He would be their God. As they journeyed to the promised land the Lord protected, provided and promised wonderful things because of His care for them. They were the apple of His eye. He fed them with abundant food and they would never thirst. The cloud shadowed them during the day and as a warm glow of security His light protected them in the night. At Mount Sinai they became a nation of His own. The Hebrews were no longer a people spread out under the bondage of the Egyptian masters but now the chosen people of God enjoying the blessings of a benevolent Father. Children of God today are blessed because they are the chosen, the elect, and the special people for God’s own possession. He has taken His saints as His own people to be their God. His cloud still overshadows His people because of His loving hand. The light of His son shines forth as a guide of hope and promise.
Israel journeyed to a land flowing with milk and honey. The Christian is making his way to a land beyond this world that is of incredible beauty. The five promises of God will guide us to that wonderful place called Heaven. He is our Father. He will deliver us, rescue us, redeem us and our God will take us as His own so that we will be His and His alone. Thank you God.
God not only loves us more and better than we can ever love ourselves – but God loved us before we loved, or could love, Him. God’s love of us rendered possible and actual our love of God. (Friedrich von Hugel, Essays and Addresses; 2nd Series; 1924)