-The LORD immediately answers the desperate agony of Moses’ frustration as chapter 6 begins (Exodus 5:22-23). He will now be shown the power of God as the LORD will do what He has to do to get Pharaoh’s attention and let His children be free from slavery. It will be under compulsion. In other words, Pharaoh will force the LORD’s hand to do awesome and mighty plagues on the land and people of Egypt to the point that the Hebrews will be driven out into freedom. *Application* There comes a point when God fights for His chosen people for their good. Wait on the LORD and let Him fight your battles (1 Samuel 17:47).
-God speaks further to Moses concerning His Name, which He has now given to Moses His servant. He recounts His covenant given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but LORD (I AM) is a new revelation and has delivering power associated with it for this situation. He will redeem them with an outstretched arm (His special and vigorous action) and great judgments (Exodus 6:6). They will be His people and He will be their God with complete knowledge of Him in His delivering power (Exodus 6:7).
-Moses is told to go to the sons of Israel with this message, but their despondency and cruel bondage had left them with no hope and they did not listen. With this, God told Moses to go to Pharaoh, but he didn’t think Pharaoh would listen and again had no confidence because of his speech impediments. But the LORD gave them (Moses and Aaron) charge to the sons of Israel and Pharaoh to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
-The listing of the heads of the families of Israel is denoted with some genealogical information. This has important historical significance and is worth investigating as the narrative plays out.
-At the end of the chapter the LORD is speaking again the same words to Moses and he again is showing his lack of confidence in what the LORD is doing through him. *Application* There are times in our lives when our faith is weak. Even though we want to trust the LORD for all our provision and sustenance we lack the patience and confidence to let Him show up and demonstrate His great power. When you have those feelings, remember this biblical story of Moses and the LORD’s great and awesome strength to overcome all obstacles. Learn from the examples God gives us. He is LORD!
Verse to Memorize: Exodus 6:1