This Sunday for our Creation to Consummation passage, we will be reading together Exodus 2:23-25.
“During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.”
It is easy to sometimes overlook the significance of these three verses, but they remind us of the faithfulness of God. At this point the Jews have been enslaved in Egypt for about three-hundred years and it probably seems like God has forgotten them. But the text clearly tells us that “God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” A covenant is a solemn promise. God had made covenants with all three patriarchs to be their God and the God of their offspring, particularly that God would make Abraham's offspring into a great nation and that through him all nations would be blessed. Thus, we are reminded that God always keeps his promises, and that God fulfills his promises in his own way and in his own timing. Thus, we must always be patient with God, and trust in his divine wisdom, sovereignty, and faithfulness. Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!