Israel had become a numerous people enslaved in Egypt. They cried out to God, and God raised up Moses to lead them out of Egypt. Observe:
- God’s covenant – When the people cry out to God, God remembers the covenant he made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Not that he had forgotten, for God has already made the people numerous as he had promised. Now, after many years, God will bring them back to the land as he had promised. God’s timetable is not ours – it is still many more years before God will make the people into a great nation. What promises do you need to patiently trust God to fulfill?
- God’s name – God identifies himself first as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Then, he calls his name, I Am Who I Am, from which we get his name Yahweh (usually translated LORD in our Bibles). This is Israel’s God and our God.
- God’s enabling – When God calls Moses to lead his people out of Egypt, Moses asks, “Who am I?” He is of course nobody on his own, but God has called him, and God will be with him. To Moses’ complaint that he can’t speak, God says that he will give Moses the words to speak. God made us, and he is well able to enable us to do whatever he calls us to do. What is God calling you to do? Will you trust in his enabling?