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A bout four hundred years had passed since Joseph had moved his family to Egypt as a result of the famine. These descendants of Abraham had increased in number and grown to over two million people. This is happening during the reign of the new pharaoh who did not know Joseph and saw the Israelites as a serious threat to his rule and nation. To pharaoh, the Israelites were illegal immigrants and bad to national security (Exodus 1:8-10).
He commands that slave masters be put over them turning them into slaves who ruthlessly work on making bricks and the oppression goes to an extent of wanting to kill future Israelite boys at birth. This however did not happen for the midwives who feared God refused to support pharaoh in this very cruel and evil exercise. Of interest to note is that the more they were consigned into forced labour and oppressed, the more they grew and increased in number for God of the covenant was evidently in their midst. Reading on in chapter 2 the people of Israel cry out to God who hears their cry and remembers the covenant he made with their fore fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 2:24).
 An exit strategy begins and Moses and his brother Aaron become the instruments in the hands of God to deliver his people from captivity. Just before chapter 6 Moses and Aaron had made their first visit with Pharaoh but the outcome was far from what they had hoped for (releasing the Israelites). On the contrary Pharaoh decreed no release for God's people and their burden was made even greater. This made the Israelite officers angry to an extent of declaring a curse on Moses and Aaron (Exodus 5:19-20). Moses like the officers took the path of anger and became impatient with God, he complained before God with a lot of questions (Exodus 5:22-23). It is in this setting that God speaks to Moses and reminds him who he is “YAHWEH” and his commitment to his people.  In chapter six of Exodus verse 6-8 and Leviticus 26:12, God gives to the Israelites (and so to the church) several “I will's” to display his commitment to deliver and bless his people.
I will bring you out – from under the yoke of the Egyptians. Cause you to come out of prison and separate you from oppression
I will deliver you – from being slaves to them. God will recover and rescue his people from all their past. The rescue here is the same way David delivered the sheep from the mouth of the lion (I Samuel 17:34ff)
1 will redeem you – to redeem is to buy back. An indication that God has the right of ownership – redemption from those who wrong you
I will take you – to be my own people.  This taking is an intimate exercise for deep covenant commitment like it is done during marriage. It is a life commitment
I will be – your God.  A commitment to fulfill all he has promised his people. God who is more than enough “Elshaddai”
I will bring you to the land. A commitment to restore his people where they belong (in the presence of God). This finds fulfillment through the cross of Christ
I will give you – the land for your possession. The land is yours to keep and enjoy
I will walk among you. An assurance of God's presence in the lives of his people
The world today is filled with people who make promise one after another and rarely keep them. Reading through the pages of the Bible you get to know that the promises of God far surpass the empty promises that we might make and break. As Christians we share the joy of knowing that God is not like us at all. “God is not a man that he should lie” (Numbers 23:19).
He promised land to the Israelites, he fulfilled the promise. He promised to save Noah and his family, he did. He promised a Saviour of the world, he gave Jesus Christ. No matter what situation you are facing, you can trust God to bring you out (Psalm 136:12).

 

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