Exodus 6:1-13 NRSV 1Then the LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh: Indeed, by a mighty hand he will let them go; by a mighty hand he will drive them out of his land.” 2God also spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the LORD. 3I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name ‘The LORD’ I did not make myself known to them. 4I also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they resided as aliens. 5I have also heard the groaning of the Israelites whom the Egyptians are holding as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. 6Say therefore to the Israelites, ‘I am the LORD, and I will free you from the burdens of the Egyptians and deliver you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. You shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has freed you from the burdens of the Egyptians. 8I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.’” 9Moses told this to the Israelites; but they would not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and their cruel slavery. 10Then the LORD spoke to Moses, 11“Go and tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his land.” 12But Moses spoke to the LORD, “The Israelites have not listened to me; how then shall Pharaoh listen to me, poor speaker that I am?” 13Thus the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, and gave them orders regarding the Israelites and Pharaoh king of Egypt, charging them to free the Israelites from the land of Egypt.
It is clear that God wants Moses to understand his track record before considering the task at hand. “I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty.” This statement is one God reminds him of on a few occasions. Partly because there is a promise that has to be fulfilled, and I would also suggest that God wants Moses to clearly understand what God is capable of doing for him and for the people of Isarael. In a sense, God is saying to Moses, I have provided a way for those before you, and I am capable of providing a way for you even now. So just go forth and do as I say, and everything will work out for your good.
I believe what God said to Moses then, is even more relevant now. Look at my track record people. “I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty.” You have witnessed the people delivered from the hand of pharaoh, and so much more has been accomplished since then. The track record is clean and profound. So as we go out into this season to challenge systems and institutions, please know that I AM goes with you. We should understand that with God all things are really possible. So let us not fear the task at hand, and let us be swift to aid in the deliverance of a society that is burden by a weight that has forever appeared to be unbearable.
“I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty.” Now go forth and be great!!!!!