A Reluctant leader is Called 2

Today's Bible reading: Exodus 6:1-8

We see this fact - that God Himself will deliver His people - underlined by Moses and Aaron's first attempts to plead with Pharaoh for the release of the Hebrews from slavery.  They meet with no success – neither their own people nor Pharaoh will listen.  Indeed, the situation of the Hebrews becomes even worse.  At the end of the fifth chapter of Exodus, Moses turns to the Lord and says: “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people?  Why did you ever send me?  For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all.”  Moses accuses God of failing to fulfill His initial promise at the burning bush.  Why does God wait and put His people through such suffering?   Is God finally to blame?

We heard God’s response to Moses in our Old Testament reading for this morning.  In response to Moses complaint and feeling of helplessness, God first reminds him of how He acted in the past – how He revealed Himself to the patriarchs and bound Himself to them with promises. God has not turned away from His people nor forgotten His covenant.  God will remain true to all His promises: as the Lord, He cannot be anything but completely faithful and reliable.

Prayer: Lord, sanctify my heart and tongue that my words may truly honor You and your holy name.  Amen