The Move


Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord , the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’ ” Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord , that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.” But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!” Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.” That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’
Exodus 5:1‭-‬8 NIV

Moses in the verses before faced a great challenge. Things seemed not to be going as expected. Pharaoh had a hardened stance while the Israelites blamed him for the challenges they were facing. But chapter 6 starts with God’s assurance to Moses. God reminded Moses that though the challenges looked great, He would save the Israelites because of His mighty and outstretched arms. This is a reminder to us especially when faced with problems that look too great to handle. God’s outstretched arms will bring deliverance to us, His people. God further went to cement His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The circumstances that the Israelites were going through (slavery) would not deter God from fulfilling His promises to His people. But we see something striking about bondage and slavery. It distances people from God’s will over their lives. It gives a false sense of power to the perpetrator. But slavery and bondage also destroys the dignity of people of God. It holds them back from enjoying what God has in store for them. When they feel like they need to be free, the bondage gets stronger and harder to break out of. This is even true about bondages to addictions. This passage of scripture reveals to us that God’s will is for us to be free of any sort of bondage. When we are in the midst of any bondage or struggles, God is in the process of delivering us. He’s in the process of making a way for deliverance because of His promises over our lives.

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