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Imagine yourself in the safest space you dare to dream of. What does this space look like? Who is with you there? What will you say to God in this special place?

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Bible passage Exodus 5:22 – 6:12

God Promises Deliverance
 22 Moses returned to the LORD and said, "O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all."

Exodus 6

 1 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country."

 2 God also said to Moses, "I am the LORD. 3 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. 4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens. 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.

 6 "Therefore, say to the Israelites: 'I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 8 And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.' "

 9 Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage.

 10 Then the LORD said to Moses, 11 "Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his country."

 12 But Moses said to the LORD, "If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?"

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Double blessing
‘Let my people go!’ is a recurring phrase in Exodus, as part of God’s call to Moses (3:10), then repeatedly from chapters 5–10 (5:1; 7:16; 8:1,20; 9:1; 10:3).

God doesn’t merely pledge deliverance from slavery (v 6), but promises his people a glorious destination – ‘the land’ (v 8). Without this ‘good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey’ (3:8), they would have been free of Pharaoh’s oppressive rule, but free for what? To wander directionless in a dangerous wilderness?

True freedom
God promised deliverance with a destination, and this land was a place where they could discover their true purpose and identity . Escaping the ‘yoke’ (6:6) of the Egyptians was not freedom in a vacuum, but the call to become God’s own people (v 7), with all the privileges and responsibilities this entailed (19:4–6).

As God’s people, our exodus event – the death and resurrection of our Saviour – is also a deliverance with a destination: ‘You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness’ (Romans 6:18).


Jesus invites: ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me… For my yoke is easy and my burden is light’ (Matthew 11:28–30). How will you respond?

Tanya Ferdinandusz

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Have you ever assigned someone a job and then found that they raised so many objections and excuses that you gave up and got someone else to do it? Today’s section, in many ways a repeat of chapter 3, reminds us that God does not give up easily on those he has chosen, even when they want to give up on him! Moses complains that in spite of God’s words, he has ‘not rescued [his] people at all’ (v 23); in fact he has made their situation worse. God’s response is not to berate Moses for lacking faith – after all, what Moses says seems to be true! What God does do is reaffirm who he is and what he is going to do. Moses’ first task now is to return to the ‘Israelites’ (v 6), presumably first to the elders, although the implication is that this must be shared with the whole people. He must assure them that their ancestors’ God has now revealed himself to be the ever-present and ever-active Lord. This God is not only going to free them from Egypt but will also make them his very own people and give them the land promised to Abraham. The reason they should trust him is simply because of who he is. ‘I am the Lord’ (vs 2,6,7,8)!

Israel is being reassured that the promises made generations before are now given directly to its people. In a similar way, the communion service reminds us that the impact of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, which happened so long ago, is directly applicable to his people today as throughout the ages. This only makes sense if we also remember who God is. The Israelites had not yet grasped that. They saw only the awfulness of their current circumstances and therefore refused to listen to Moses.

Mary Evans

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  • Adam Julians | Monday, 13 February 2017

    We see Moses asking the question why. Why at the people suffering more? I came away from the Christian meditation day on Saturday having listened to a couple of great talks. Putting them into practice since then have been tough. There have been a couple of good things in my life one that had had been receiving that has now been taken away and something I desired which now is not going to be forthcoming and in human terms results in powerful feelings, even anger with God and asking why?! So I didn't sleep too well last night. Hence the early post. I know I must accept that these feelings happen and surrender them in order to die to myself in order to be raised in Christ. Not to beat myself up or others up or try to have everything on my terms rather than submit to God in everything. So all the stuff about discipline that has been talked about I know I need to practice. I remember looking back when I was frustrated around 20 years ago having everything I wanted and yet always wanting more, not being satisfied and feeling frustrated as to why that was. A word came into my head "choice" and sometime after that, I came to the Lord. I've known security, and learning to be content and grateful in Christ. As time has gone on, I have learned and am learning to be authentic - if I feel angry to acknowledge that, not bury it down or pretend otherwise. Reading this passage today and thinking of the Exodus, I guess there was some comfort with being slaves to Egypt the Israel had in spite of the prayers for freedom. Such as regular meals and that in the desert, they grumbled to God about the food he provided. And that in my journey - if I were to do similar with God I could expect a similar response with incurring his wrath and not entering the promised land but be wandering aimlessly. Lord if there be any way for me not experiencing good, but experience the suffering of unmet desire and hurt from things being taken away from me to be avoided then let that happen. But not my will be done but yours. I want to surrender to your perfect will for me and for others. Enable me by your power to do so for I can't do this in my strength - it is all of you.

  • Angela Munday | Monday, 13 February 2017

    In my 'safest space' my trust is in God alone and only His words will provide all I need. As Jesus told the 'believing' young ruler.....You need to come unhindered by possessions and 'Follow Me'. God knows our destination and makes it clear how to reach it safely.

  • Janet McIntyre | Monday, 13 February 2017

    Dear ADAM, thank you for your honesty. If we were honest, we would all admit that we have at times surrendered evereything to God - and then grumbled because life has changed in ways we didn't expect. It must have been the same for Moses, hearing God say that Pharaoh wouldn't listen the first time, but not expecting Pharaoh to make things tougher for the Israelites. But God doesn't rebuke Moses for his anger, just gently reminds him that He hasn't finished yet, and the end result is going to be so much better than Moses and the Israelites could have dreamed of!

  • Gilvin Crisifeca | Monday, 13 February 2017

    ANGELA I so agree. Unless we get self off the throne we toil in vain - says the one still learning. JANET, yes, God reminding the stubborn ones yet again that he will never leave them and they will enter the Promised land.

  • Jane Hill | Monday, 13 February 2017

    Could someone please explain verse 3 to me? i.e. The significance of God Almighty and the LORD.

  • Gilvin Crisifeca | Monday, 13 February 2017

    JANE MY bible says LORD in Hebrew 'El Shaddai meaning God Almighty All sufficient God and in in italics Did I not let myself be known to them?'

  • Tim Berry | Monday, 13 February 2017

    My safest space would be in the arms of Jesus. It doesn't matter physically where that happens, just being in His arms is enough.

  • Adam Julians | Monday, 13 February 2017

    Janet, thank you. It helps, does it not, to remember that Jesus said to have life you need to lose your life for his sake. And when has there ever bee loss of life without grief. And when has there ever been grieving without processing shock, anger and acceptance?

  • Jennifer Yohannes | Monday, 13 February 2017

    I keep remembering that when God first called Moses He told him that Pharaoh would not listen to him and yet Moses was still surprised when that happened. He had agreed to a scary task though and I certainly don't blame him for his reluctance.

  • David Chipchase | Monday, 13 February 2017

    Update on mother-in-law Marie. She is in a nursing home. It bustles with life. The staff look great. I had to take her for a routine doctor's appt this afternoon. She was at a quiz. When I brought her back another resident grabbed her and she became part of a group of 10. When I gave her a goodbye kiss they all wanted one! It is a really promising start. Hallelujah! Thanh you all! I need to recharge my batteries so I may go quite quiet for the next week or so.

  • Eileen Smith | Monday, 13 February 2017

    Encouraging update DAVID thank you-- will keep,praying for her-- also for you

  • Adam Julians | Monday, 13 February 2017

    David, great to hear. Rest well.

  • Roger Hall | Monday, 13 February 2017

    Safest place as you say "underneath are the everlasting arms." I'm away from Bible at present, however I think they may be somewhere like Isaiah 55. What a refuge!

  • Gilvin Crisifeca | Monday, 13 February 2017

    I guess as soon as you sent the comment you remember it's Duet 33:27 ROGER

  • Jane Hill | Monday, 13 February 2017

    Thank you, Gilvin.

  • Barbara Sabin | Monday, 13 February 2017

    JANE My understanding of God Almighty is exactly that He is the All mighty one Omnipotent He is everywhere present Omnipresent, He is all Knowing and all seeing Omniscient. This portion of scripture tells us that they know of God but they don't know Him personally, The promises given by God in verses 6-8 are the verses used in the Passover meal today I will bring you out I will rescue you I will redeem you I Will take you as my own I will bring you to the land I promised. These promises are the same for us as Christians when the knowledge of the Lord God moves from knowing about God to knowing him personally .He brings us from sinand darkness, he buys us back for His own, he makes us his children, he will lead us to everlasting light. We will reach the eternal place of safety when our time here on earth is over. Jesus said Share my yoke......

  • Roger Hall | Monday, 13 February 2017

    Many years ago, I had a lot to do with the evangelist Tom Rees. He had a prodigious memory, and encouraging us to commit to memory. I then learned one of his favourite, gyms by William Cowper: "what various hindrances we meet in coming to the mercy seat." I stupidly stopped there! You Gilvin on the other hand seen to know! Well done and thank and blessings!

  • Eileen Smith | Monday, 13 February 2017

    BARBARA-- thank you for the link. This is so beautiful-- I found a version with the lyrics & it really ministered to my spirit

  • Lynda Spencer | Monday, 13 February 2017

    Wonderful news, DAVID! Rejoicing with you in God's gracious provision and your peace of mind. BARBARA, beautiful song, thank you! I am put in mind of Psalm 91 as I think of a safe place with God. "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." "He shall cover thee with His feathers and under His wings shalt thou trust."

  • Barbara Sabin | Monday, 13 February 2017

    EILEEN and LINDA Jesus said we are to share His yoke .Just picture two oxen with the wooden yoke fastening them together so they move together, they plough the furrow together, if they pull away from each other they stop moving.. There is a legend which says Jesus had a notice in His carpenter's shop which said ' My Yokes Fit ' beautiful thought that if we share our yoke with Jesus there is no chafing it fits.

  • Barbara Sabin | Monday, 13 February 2017

    ROGER I have just noticed you asked for an explanation of my comment yesterday I have given you an answer on yesterday's page.

  • Peter Oliver | Monday, 13 February 2017

    One of the problems that Moses had was impatient I can certainly say I have a lot in common with him let us ask GOD for the gift of paitent and to wait on HIM.

  • Gilvin Crisifeca | Monday, 13 February 2017

    PETER we have the gift of patience, it is a matter of exercising it, Much easier to use what we've got than trying to get it. I pray all goes well.

  • Roger Hall | Monday, 13 February 2017

    Me replied similarly

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