Today’s devotional comes from Day By Day By Grace by Bob Hoekstra and was again moved by how God works to speak to His people. I read this right after publishing my post on salvation I AM… a while ago. It just further affirms all I was saying.
I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt . . . I will certainly be with you . . . I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt . . . to a land flowing with milk and honey . . . So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go. (Exodus 3:10, 12, 17, 20)
Again, we see our God of promises pouring out His guaranteed plans like a cascading river. They encompass God’s promise to deliver Israel. These promises build upon God’s fundamental commitment to Abraham to call out a people for His own glory and purposes. The central promise reveals the rescuing heart of God, who wants to deliver people from bondage, and bring them into blessing. “I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt . . . to a land flowing with milk and honey.“
Our God is a God of compassion. When Israel was in cruel bondage in Egypt, God’s heart was moved with concern. “And the LORD said: ‘I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows’ ” (Exodus 3:7). The prophet Isaiah put it this way: “In all their affliction He was afflicted” (Isaiah 63:9). Thus, the Lord committed Himself to deliver them. “So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go.”
When the Lord Jesus walked upon this earth, He demonstrated the same compassion. “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36). This same loving compassion led Jesus all the way to the cross to deliver us from the bondage of sin.
The delivering work of God for Israel was not only from bondage; it was to substantial blessing: “to a land flowing with milk and honey.” Israel was not only rescued from great heartache, but they were brought into a joyous bounty. When Joshua and Caleb saw the land, they described it as “an exceedingly good land” (Numbers 14:7). This same pattern (from bondage, to blessing) is how Jesus works on our behalf. He delivers us from spiritual death to fullness of life. “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
Dear Lord, my deliverer, I praise You for rescuing me from the bondage of sin. I rejoice that You have brought me into the richness of fellowship with You. What a gracious plan You have provided—to make all of this available by means of Your faithful promises!