God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them.F)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-1660F” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”> I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they lived as sojourners. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant.
Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord.’” Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.
God reveals Himself to His people in pieces. He does not give them the entire picture all at once. Even the name He gives them gives new information. Due to the passage of time and vagueries of the ancient language, some of this is lost to us. But we have the gift of hindsight, and we know that God’s promise is also loaded with challenges. Yes, God will deliver them, but it will be terrifying. Yes, God is giving them the land, but it is someone else’s land right now, and there will be resistance.
Today we talk about such resistance as, “God closing the door,” and we wait for things to fall into our laps before we believe in His promises. The fact is, we live in a sin-cursed world and we have an enemy who be comes to kill, steal, and destroy. We have been given weapons to tear down the enemy’s strongholds, but we must use them. Some of us are like the Hebrews who could not believe because of our broken spirit.