And the LORD said: "I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.
So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.
Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.
Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."
Come now, therefore follows on from the previous verse, which begins now therefore. Both beginnings seem to say, ‘in the light of what has been revealed, we see that …’. However, come now, therefore, suggests a step higher, a moving closer and alongside, so that, when The Lord says that He will send Moses to Pharaoh, it strongly suggests that The Lord will be there also, alongside as a guide and protector.
The Lord has a plan for His people — to take us out of captivity and bondage to the things of this world (represented by Pharaoh and Egypt) that trap us and separate us from true freedom in Christ Jesus, and lead us to a land flowing with milk and honey — a sweet and pleasant land, nurturing and maturing, a fine place to live a good and righteous life. Except … it will be the land of six other peoples, who will challenge, upset and provoke, because they already inhabit that ‘promised land’. It is a picture of the life we all lead, speaking of the everyday challenges which we all face. This is the battle we must face, and why we must be released from Pharaoh’s grip.
The land, the dwelling-place, the life that The Lord has for us now is always going to have its difficulties, and we will be surrounded by many spirit forces that want us out and gone. The milk and the honey speaks of The Lord’s provision for the journey, to sustain us as we labour to possess our promised land — an internal struggle within each one of us, but with an assurance of success if we will but hold fast to Him. He will surely never let us go.
But first, He leads us to face Pharaoh. What does that mean for each of us? All I can surmise is that it is different for me than it will be for you. However, Pharaoh is a type for the ruler of this world, and Jesus said “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” [John 12:31] So, when we come face to face with Pharaoh, we only do so with the Christlife already securely held within us. We cannot stand against The ruler of the world unless we are clothed in the holiness and righteousness of Christ, and all this takes is abandoning ourselves to Him. Easy to say, but not always easy to do. But He is able, and we must have faith.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. [1 Thessalonians 5:23-24]
MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS
"Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him,
and against all Egypt.
Speak, and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD:
"Behold, I am against you,
O Pharaoh king of Egypt,
O great monster who lies in the midst of his rivers,
Who has said, 'My River is my own;
I have made it for myself.'
EGYPT — Cory Asbury (Bethel Music)
A HOLY COMMAND
GEORGE and GILL STEWART