DayBreaks for 5/20/19: Then You Will Know
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. 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.’ – Exodus 6:6-7 (NIV)
You can identify some people by their voice: Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, James Earl Jones. Others you can identify by the creations they’ve left behind: Michelangelo, Dali, da Vinci. It is important to be able to identify people one way or another: just ask Esau how he felt when his father, Isaac, was unable to distinguish between Jacob and Esau! (I’m sure Isaac didn’t feel that great about it, either!)
Before God takes His people out of Egypt, He gave the above words to Moses, to tell the Israelites that after He’d led them out of Egypt, they would know that He was the LORD, their God. This might seem strange – after all, were these not the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Yes, they were, but let’s not forget that they been in Egypt for 400 years. How much did God communicate with them during that time? We have no idea, but let’s face it: for 400 years they’d been surrounded by idolatry in many forms. It is very possible that in those 400 years that they’d nearly, if not entirely, forgotten God. Consider, for example, that America is 235 years old and see how much our country and faith-life has changed in just 235 years. So, it is very possible that Israel had forgotten God entirely.
Therefore, God wants to identify Himself to them again. He could have just said, “Hi, I’m your God, the One who made promises to Abraham,” and left it at that. But He didn’t. He knew that people (like you and me and the Israelites) would probably demand more proof. And so He offered it to them (paraphrasing): “After I’ve led you out from under Egyptian oppression and done mighty and wonderful things, then you will know that I’m who I said – the Lord your God.”
Here’s the point: God made the proof of who He was conditional on doing something that no one else could have done – delivered a rag-tag group of slaves from the mightiest nation on earth without so much as a sword or a bow and arrow.
God was willing to prove who He was in ways that no one else could provide. God is always doing things that no one else can do. Consider the kinds of things that He has done to show you who He is. And then give Him glory!
Prayer: You have brought each of us out of slavery to the glory of Your Name! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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