12.8.13

a little slavery to know God

VIA
So here's the generation of the sons of Abraham - the promised numbering-more-than-the-stars people who would be called the people of God.

Unfortunately, at the time of Exodus - they're not the people of God, and clearly God had abandoned them. Sure, they multiplied greatly - but under slavery. Exodus recalls their plight and how they earnestly cried out to God and sighed from bondage.Years passed and they're still slaves. Things steadily got worse, more labor, big cities to build, handing over all the boy babies to the Egyptians to be killed...

God's people? Where's God in all of this?

And yet it says God heard. He knew the sighs and groans of His people (they were His people, just as He promised - despite the circumstances!). However, from my point of view I sat back and stared at the pages of my Bible and thought, how cruel? WHY would He go to all the trouble to let them slave away in a strange land - didn't He care about them?

Why didn't God let them rule the earth in prosperity so they had no chance to doubt that He was God? Isn't that obviously the obvious answer?

Fast forward and God's plan is in action - He's sending Moses to deliver Israel (I'm still wondering why they had to be delivered in the first place). God and Moses are talking and this is what God had to say:
"I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage, I will also redeem you with an outstreched arm and with great judgements" - Exodus 6:6
But why? I'm frustrated again. Why has He troubled Himself to redeem them when He could've prevented the mess in the first place? Yet:
"Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians." Exodus 6:7 
God isn't cruel. He doesn't forget or purposely send troubles just for troubles sake. The whole, what I thought disastrous misfortune that befell Israel had a purpose. To glorify God - of course - but also to give a personal and firsthand experience to that particular generation of Israel that God wasn't just God, or just Abraham's God, or just Isaac's God - but that He was their God. In the past, Moses had always addressed God as the 'God of our fathers' - He knew God was faithful to others and that God could be faithful. It wasn't until after the awesome deliverance from Egypt (you've got to admit, it was pretty breathtaking, parting seas and all) that Israel and Moses saw God's protecting and glorious hand working in THEIR LIVES, not just some patriarch of the past.

P.s. Daily doing the E100 - it's pretty neat.

2 comments

  1. Wow. Really solid exegesis of that text and one that I never thought of before. Thank you for this.

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  2. Beautiful. Thank you :)

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