February 28, 2021

The Second Sunday of Lent – I am the Lord God Almighty

Passage: Exodus 5:22 - 6:9

A young lady was sunbathing on the beach when a little boy in his swimsuit, carrying a towel, came up to herand asked her, "Do you believe in God?"
She was surprised by the question… but she replied: "Why, yes, I do."
Then he asked her: "Do you go to church every Sunday?" Again, her answer was "Yes!"
He then asked: "Do you read your Bible and pray every day?"Again, she said: "Yes!"
By now her curiosity was very much aroused.
The little boy sighed with relief and said, "Will you hold my money while I go swimming?"

In the Old Testament story in the book of Exodos speaks about Moses before God telling him about the people’s disappointed because of the stubbornness of Pharaoh.

Moses said in chapter 5:22-23:“Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” (Ex. 5:22-23).

God had a direct and clear answer for Moses question:
God said in verse 2 of chapter 6: “I am the Lord” therefore, people should continue living and believing in God because of three things:

1- because of who God is”….
God appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and made a covenant with them.
God talked to the Israelites through the prophets of the Old Testament.
God spoke to all humanity through His Son Jesus Christ.
He talks to us through our prayer times, Bible reading, sermons, worship services.

What a wonderful God we have, He comesto us in all our situations,He is the Lord God Almighty…

2- because God remembers”
Verse 4 and 5 of chapter 6 God Said:“I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners.5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.”

God remembers the past
First he made a covenant with Abraham then Isaac, then Jacob, then after Joseph’s death, a new pharaoh came to authority,he enslaved the Israelites, so the Hebrews start to think that God has forgotten his covenant.

God is saying: “I never forget, I do remember my covenant and I keep my promises.

What a wonderful and faithful God we have, express your feelings to Him and He is ready to listen to youand show you His compassion and love.

3- because God will act.

Verse 6 in chapter 6 says: “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.”

How great is God’s statement of deliverance. His deliverance is not based on his people’s faithfulness. God is going to act out of His love and mercy, not because of their righteousness.

Verse 8 in chapter 6 says:“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.”

Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected so that everyone will have an opportunity for salvation. God loved us even when we were not ready to love Him.

Today God is speaking to us with the same words of promise and encouragement.

Yes, there will be difficulties in our lives, in our church life; but God is giving us three reasons to continue living in faith:

1. Continue living and believing because of who He is.
2. Continue living and believing because He never forget.
3. Continue living and believing because He will deliver us and provide for us.

If you are down today, God is saying to you and me: I am the Lord God Almighty, trust in Me. Amen.