Read Exodus Chapter 6. After you have read the chapter, read the passages below to help you dive deeper into the Chapter. Conclude in Prayer.
Exodus 6: 1-13 - Renewal of God's Promise
“God accepted that admonishment, and responded to the bitterness of his servant’s heart. If Pharaoh had proclaimed his ignorance of God, saying: “I do not know God” (Ex. 5: 2), God’s confirmations to Moses all the time have been “I am the Lord” (Ex. 6: 2, 7, 8, 28). He is the Lord who worked in the fathers of the old, who appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob (Ex. 6: 3); and still works in the present, listening to the groaning of his people, to bring them out of the cruel bondage (Ex. 6: 5, 6) and to get them to the land He swore to give them (Ex. 6: 8). He is the Lord, Who works for the sake of His Holy Name, opposed by Satan, and for the sake of His promises to His children who remain faithful, working to set for Himself a holy people. He enters with His children in unity saying, “I will take you as my people, and I will be your God” (Ex, 6: 7).” - Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty
“Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the LORD.’ Exodus 6:6-8 NKJV
Let us read this promise of the Lord again. Our Lord promises to take us out from under the burden of sin. He has promised to rescue us from our bondage. He promises to take us as His people, and to be our God. The Lord has fulfilled this promises and will fulfill it again. He incarnated, lived, died on the cross and resurrected, breaking the bonds of sin and trampling down death. He returned His people to Paradise once more. He has given us victory over sin. He hears our cries and supports us as we fight our battles. Our Lord is faithful. Call on His faithfulness.
Exodus 6:14-27 - The Genealogy of Moses and Aaron
“After God confirmed to Moses that He will set the people free from their bondage, the Holy Book mentioned the names of the heads of their fathers’ houses. As though the Lord wants to confirm that He cares not only for the people as a congregation, but He also cares for each single individual by name. God’s relationship with His people is always both on the collective and the individual level. In His care for them as the Holy Body of the Lord Christ, not even a single hair will fall down without His permission!” - Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty
We often comes to the sections on the genealogies and we skim or skip the names altogether. Let us give more attention to these names, for the Lord seeks to recognize them. The Lord knows every name and sees every heart. The Lord is faithful to His promise "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matt10:32)
“Moses tried to find excuses for himself, and said to the Lord: “I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh heed me?” (Ex. 6:30) But the Lord confirmed to him that He is the Lord, and that He will save.... How beautiful it is for man to feel that his spiritual weakness and his sins are the cause of the failure of his ministry, and to say with Moses, “I am of uncircumcised lips”, that his lips are not sanctified enough to act with authority against the devil. ...Moses understood the concept of circumcision on an inner spiritual level; he considered his lips to be in need of inner circumcision. Then came Jeremiah to speak of the secret circumcision of the heart (Jeremiah 4: 4), and of the circumcision of the ear (Jeremiah 6:4). The apostle Paul spoke more clearly of the need for spiritual circumcision in Baptism, when the believer takes off the works of the old man, to put on the new, and be according the image of His Creator. - Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty
Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your faithfulness. You fulfilled Your promise to Your servant Moses that You would bring Your people out of bondage, when Your Son Jesus incarnated and became man. Father, I also thank You for reminding me that You remember those who remember You. You see me as a person and also as a member of Your Body, the Church. This is the perfect Love of the Trinity. I thank You for the outpouring of this Love! Please O Lord, give me the heart of Moses, that I may recognize my limitdness, in order that Your greatness may abound much more. Amen.
Posted on Tue, December 6, 2016
by Mathew Shehata