Exodus 6

God Promises Deliverance (6:1–12)

God sometimes waits untilwe reach the end of our strength, and then He acts; that way we will know it was God who delivered us, and not we ourselves. “Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.”

Go tell Pharaoh . . . to let the Israelites go,” God said to Moses (verse 11). But Moses was losing his faith too. If he couldn’t persuade his countrymen, how could he ever persuade Pharaoh? Moses was still giving excuses about his inability to speak (Exodus 4:10).

Family Record of Moses and Aaron (6:13–30)

13–27 Because Moses and Aaron were the ones chosen by God to bring the Israelites out of Egypt, it was important to document their family record, or genealogy. Only the first three sons of Jacob are mentioned; Moses and Aaron were descended from the third son, Levi.

Notice once more that Moses did not have the credentials of a firstborn son. Furthermore, he was descended from Kohath, the second son of Levi (verses 16,18,20). The only credentials Moses had were those God gave him; some were natural endowments and others came from Moses’ life experiences. Then God added the spiritual empowerment that would enable Moses to do God’s work. He will do the same for each of us.

28–30 These verses repeat the thought of verses 10–12. Moses may have had faltering lips (verse 30), but all he really needed were God’s words. Aaron would supply the “lips.”

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