THURSDAY, JUNE 22
Scripture: Exodus 6:1-6,7
Exodus 6:1-6 says, “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.’ And God spoke to Moses and said to him: ‘I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord I was not known to them. I have also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers. And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant. Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.’” We learn from Exodus 6 that the Lord came to Moses and said He appeared to previous generations as El Shaddai, not by His name Jehovah. He had heard the groaning of His people the Egyptians kept in bondage and remembered His covenant. So He showed up as a God they had not seen before. Jehovah promised to bring them out from under the burden of the Egyptians, rescue them from bondage and redeem them with an outstretched arm and great judgments. This is Jehovah, a God Who takes His people out of bondage and does it through great judgments. Why does He use great judgments? Verse 7 says, “I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.” The judgments revealed the depth of God’s love for His people. He loved them so much He was willing to kill the Egyptians to set them free. God’s love for His people is so great He will perform judgments on our behalf. Knowing God means knowing what He will do and the lengths He will go to for His people. “Then you shall know…” Let’s get to know the God Who will perform judicial signs and wonders because of His love. And how do we get to know this Jesus? If there are aspects of our Creator-Redeemer that we shy away from or are altogether uncomfortable with, perhaps praying in tongues is the key to a deeper, more complete understanding of Who He is. Pray in the Spirit, pray in the Spirit, pray in the Spirit! Let’s choose to get to know the prophet like Moses, the Judicial Christ!