And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. (Exodus 3:7,8,10)
According to Exodus 12:41, 430 years past from the time the Hebrews entered Egypt under the lead ship of Joseph until Moses them lead out of the land. During that time, the Hebrews had found favor with God and had increased in population as well as in prosperity. The Egyptians feared the Hebrews would overpower them. So the Egyptians placed God’s people in bondage with harsh taskmasters (Exodus 1). When the Hebrews continued to increase, Pharaoh ordered the midwives to kill all the male babies at birth.
Moses was born at this time. His mother hid him in a basket and set the basket in the river. Pharaoh’s daughter found him and raised Moses as her own son. When he became a man, Moses witnessed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave and murdered the Egyptian in defense of the slave, which put Moses on the run. He fled to the land of Midian, married, and became a shepherd (Exodus 2).
Meanwhile, the bondage of the Hebrews grew worse in Egypt, and they cried out to God.
After forty years of shepherding, Moses saw the burning bush from which the angel of the Lord spoke. God had indeed heard the cry of His people and now planned to deliver them through the hand of Moses.
As God heard the cries of His people, He hears our cries. His timing may seem long in the waiting, but it is always perfect. He delights in delivering us out of negative circumstances. But the cry He longs to hear from all of us is the cry of repentance. When we seek freedom from the bondage of sin, God is faith to deliver us through Jesus Christ.
How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that starts with the letter H?
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks