The Delightful Way


God’s Role in Deliverance
May 31, 2007, 7:19 am
Filed under: Spiritual Life

This morning, I read Exodus 6. I was intrigued by the sequence of events, so I decided to explore the passage. Observe the dramatic sequence:

  • God promises a radical deliverance of Israel (vs. 1)
  • God reaffirms His covenant (vs. 2-8)
    He affirms His authority (“I AM”), He reviews the history of the covenant, He expresses His reaction to Israel’s bondage, and He promises deliverance—through His covenant promises.
  • Moses tells this to Israel as the word of the Lord. (vs. 9)
  • Israel rejects it. Why? Because of:

a)      their broken spirits

b)      their harsh slavery.

I find this intriguing. The Psalms are full of phrases like, “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Ps 34:18) and “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Ps 51:17).

The problem, I believe, comes in their discouragement. They wanted to believe that God would save them. When Moses first spoke to them (Ex 4:29-31), their reaction was belief and worship. And the result? Their hardship and suffering increased (Ex 5). So, it is understandable that they would reject God when He spoke a second time.

Ultimately, then, it must be God and God alone who saves them.

This has several implications, especially for counseling: When I’m counseling someone, it must be God who delivers them. I can’t, they can’t, only God. My role, then, is somewhat akin to a prophet: I must deliver God’s word of promise to them. They can accept it or reject it—ultimately God will deliver. This underscores the importance of intercessory prayer in counseling.

See also 2 Timothy 2:24-26 and Mark 9:14-29.

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