SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- God gives Moses a history lesson, reminding him of the covenant He made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: to give them the land of Canaan. He also reassures Moses that He will rescue His people from Egypt.
- We are given a family record of Moses and Aaron. In verse 20 we see that Moses' father, Amram, married his aunt. Weird!
- Moses still remains cynical about his ability to get Pharaoh to release the Israelites. He can't seem to get past his lack of speaking skills.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- We need regular reminders of who God is, what He has promised to do, and what He has asks of us. We're forgetful people, which probably explains why the phrase "do not forget" appears over 20 times in the Bible. This is one of the reasons why daily Bible reading is so important. It helps us remember.
- God remembers us even when we're discouraged. In verse 5, God says "I have heard the groaning of the Israelites...and I have remembered my covenant."
- After Pharaoh increased the Israelites workload, anytime Moses' spoke to the Israelites it sounded like Charlie Brown's teacher. They did not listen to him. Why? Because of their discouragement and their current conditions. Discouragement affects our hearing. We have to work harder to listen carefully and see clearly when we are in the midst of discouragement.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- When you're discouraged you need to be surrounded by godly people. Godly people can encourage us that the present difficulties are not permanent. Godly friends can remind us of God's presence and promises. They help us keep the proper perspective regardless of our circumstances. Who are you surrounded by? Who can you lean on in difficult times? If you're not already in one, consider joining a micro group. Micro groups are 3-5 guys or 3-5 ladies who meet once a week to share life together and encourage each other in their spiritual journeys. For more information, click here.