Father God, I am safe in Your presence. Help me to trust You completely and to share my life with You in this special safe place.
Read Exodus 5:22—6:12
22 Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”
6 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.”
2 God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself fully known to them. 4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners. 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.
6 “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 8 And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”
9 Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.
10 Then the Lord said to Moses, 11 “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his country.”
12 But Moses said to the Lord, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?”
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ReflectImagine yourself in the safest space you dare to dream of. What does this space look like? Who is with you there?
my people go!” is a recurring phrase in Exodus, as part of God’s call to Moses (3:10), then repeatedly from chapters 5–10 (5:1; 7:16; 8:1,20; 9:1; 10:3).
God doesn’t merely pledge deliverance from slavery (6), but promises his people a glorious destination—“the land” (8). Without this “good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey” (3:8), they would have been free of Pharaoh’s oppressive rule, but free for what—to wander directionless in a dangerous wilderness?
God promised deliverance with a destination, and this land was a place where they could discover their true purpose and identity. Escaping the “yoke” (6:6) of the Egyptians was not freedom in a vacuum, but the call to become God’s own people (7), with all of the privileges and responsibilities this entailed (19:4–6).
As God’s people, our exodus event—the death and resurrection of our Savior—is also a deliverance with a destination: “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness” (Rom. 6:18).
Read Matthew 11:28–30. How will you respond to Jesus’ invitation?
Jesus, I need You. I come to You now and place my burdens at Your feet. Please give me rest as I learn from Your gentle guidance.
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