Exodus 6

1. Having been completely dispirited, the Israelites chose not to listen to Moses when the Lord tasked him again to speak to them (6:9). Of course, the Lord knew what Moses and the Israelites did not; He knew that when He said something it was a good as done, especially did the people of Israel not know these things. No matter what the Lord said there were some obstacles that were exceedingly difficult to overcome (6:12).

2. Many years previous to the events in the chapter, the Lord gave Abraham a promise, a promise that many Israelites might have thought the Lord had forgotten all about. The Lord, however, does not forget, and the names by which He is identified indicate as much (6:4-5).

3. We learn that the English word “God” is an identifier for a number of names, two mentioned in this chapter. The word “Lord” (6:2) is the Hebrew word YHWH (Yahweh); the ASV translates this word as Jehovah. “…the explanation of the name with this sentence indicates that Yahweh is the one who is always there, and that guarantees the future…” (NET). We also take note that “God Almighty” is not a name, but a title. The Hebrew, EL SHADDAI, means that God was (is) omnipotent, the all-sufficient one (Bush, p. 82). Thus, we have God is the One always present and He is all-sufficient. The importance of this is noted in the next point.

4. Application: With much time having gone it is so very easy to think that one has been forgotten. In the case of the Israelites, there were in bondage for generations – surely God has forgotten about them; many, if not all might easily have thought this. However, just as there might have been many who thought along these lines, there are many who think even today that the Lord will not come because He has yet to do so. But, this is a reminder that, even though His promise of His return is old (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), the Lord does not measure time as we do (2 Peter 3:8-13). It is a challenge to us to trust the Lord and His word in this regard; there are many things that we don’t understand, but at the very least we understand that the Lord is trustworthy. He will come!