TUESDAY, JANUARY 12
Scripture: Exodus 6:1-6
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.”’” Verse 2 makes it clear that God revealed Himself to Moses and said, “I am the Lord/Jehovah.” The next verse says He appeared to “…Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty/El-shaddi.” But by His name Jehovah, He was not known to them. Verse 6 makes it clear to the children of Israel “I am the Lord/Jehovah; 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.” Jehovah is the covenant-keeping God Who, when He sees people in bondage, promises to bring them out of bondage into freedom with great judgments. The first one to get to know Jesus the Judge in the Old Testament was Moses. And on the road to Emmaus, Jesus spent around 3 ½ hours expounding to the Twelve Who He is in Scripture as the Judge of all the earth. He taught them and revealed Himself as Judge! It is no wonder that Peter could represent Him and announce the departure of Ananias and Sapphira. It is no wonder that Paul could teach the church at Jerusalem how to pray judgment on King Herod. It is no wonder the Apostle Paul could pray the judgment of blindness on the false prophet. Jesus taught the early church on the road to Emmaus Who He was as Judge. He taught Paul by revelation Who He was as Judge. And the early church did not hesitate to pray the judgment and display it whenever they needed to. Tradition has the effect of making us hesitate today. Let us get to know the Jesus the disciples knew on the road to Emmaus and the Jesus Moses met in Exodus 6. When we know Jesus the Judge, we can pray His judgments so His Kingdom gets established. It is time we stood up in the fullness of Who Christ is!