Exodus 6:6-13 God’s 7 “I Will” statements

6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the Lord.

9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.

10 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

11 Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.

12 And Moses spake before the Lord, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?

13 And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

 

Moses had taken the responsibility of his ministry and he had finally agreed to go before the King of Egypt with Aaron to demand that he let the people of Israel go.  Now the Lord had warned Moses and all of the people that Pharaoh would not let them go without a fight, but when he said “no” and when he increases the work of the people, just as the Lord had warned them, they still bypasses Moses and the Lord by taking their concerns to the very one who had been the cause of all their troubles…..Pharaoh and they blame Moses for the very trouble that they are in.

This causes Moses to do the right thing and take his own troubles and questions before the Lord and we find ourselves learning with Moses what the Lord had to tell him through these 7 “I will” statements.

 

God is telling Moses and the people these things but the best part of it all is that He will do the same for you and me through 7 invitations:

 

  1. Salvation – I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians – The people of Israel were under a heavy burden in Egypt.  We too were under a heavy burden in and to the world system, of which Egypt is a picture.  Through Jesus we are brought out, separated from the world; separated from sin and death.
  2. Liberation –  I will rid you out of their bondage – We are set free from the bondage of the world because we have now become a new creature with a new nature.  We are dead to sin and bondage because we now live in Christ.
  3. Redemption – I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments – For Egypt and the world it means judgment and yet for those who are In Christ it means redemption through the work of Jesus on the cross for our sins.
  4. Adoption – And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God – We have been adopted into the family of God
  5. Revelation – and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. – Just as He begins to reveal Himself to Israel, we enjoy the same as we walk with Him daily.
  6. Direction – And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; – The goal of Israel was the promised Land but our goal is not of this earth.  It is a place not made with hands; a place Kingdom above all Kingdoms with the King of Kings.
  7. Provision – and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the Lord. – Our inheritance is a new heaven and a new earth with the Lord.

 

All of Israel heard these words from God.  You would think that this would be something that would strengthen them in the hope of deliverance but that is not the case.  They couldn’t hear Moses because they were too troubled with their burdens:

 

9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.

 

It is very hard to hear the promises from the Lord when we are neck deep in trouble.  Especially when it seems that there is no way out and our spirit is crushed and we can’t see or understand just how the Lord is going to deliver us from our bondage.

 

What can we do as ministers and as people who forget to hearken when things get bad?

 

1 Thessalonians 5:

 

8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

16 Rejoice evermore.

17 Pray without ceasing.

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19 Quench not the Spirit.

 

It is a very easy thing to say but sometimes hard to remember to rejoice and give thanks through everything but the cure is praying without ceasing.  Praying for and about everything as well as comforting one another through prayer and holding up one another burdens

 

Galatians 6:

 

2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

 

Moses had the right idea where ministry was concerned:

 

10 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

11 Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.

12 And Moses spake before the Lord, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?

13 And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

 

God gave Moses the words to speak because Moses understood that he was not equipped to speak the right things in the right way.

Sometimes the right thing to say is nothing especially when we are bearing someone else’s burdens.  Sometimes we just need to be there with them as they go through troubles and comfort them with the love of Jesus if the Lord doesn’t give us the words to speak.
For Israel, they were right where they needed to be, even though their spirits were crushed and they felt completely let down.  God wanted them to “want” to be delivered from Egypt and up until now they were evidently ok with their situation here in Egypt and when He separated them from the land, He wanted them to be separated in their minds and hearts as well.

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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