“Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord , the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt,” Exodus 3:16

Today we’ll move into the second book of the Bible and exam our 3:16 verse to see what we will see. The first thing that we notice about this verse is that it is incomplete. The verse ends with a comma which normally would lead us to the next verse so that we can gain more information, but in this case the verse is broken in the middle but that does not mean we can’t learn from this verse.

The preceding verses is the account of Moses and the burning bush. The story goes that God appears to Moses through a burning bush and commands him to go back to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to release the Israelites. Of course Moses isn’t the most willing prophet at this point and so he raises all kinds of objections until finally God tells him that he will provide Aaron as a mediator (though we only see Aaron fill this role a few times).

Another interesting aspect to this verse is that God makes appeal to the patriarchs of old. We see this happen often throughout the Bible and it is a foundational aspect of the history of Israel. The promises that God made with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob are the thing that time and time again the prophets come back to. We learn something very important about God as a result of this: God keeps his promises.

Think about the context, the Israelites are slaves in Egypt at this point. If we found ourselves in that kind of situation it would be very easy to think that God had forgotten you. But that is not really the case; God did indeed remember his promise to the fathers and the time had come for God to begin making good on more of his promise (he had already greatly multiplied them in Egypt).

We also learn from this verse that God is not turning a blind eye to our blight. He instructs Moses to tell the elders that he has observed what is going on. The same is true in our lives; God is watching us and he knows what we go through. The good and the bad. When things are tough and everything seems to be falling apart we can take comfort in the fact that God knows, he sees our struggles and is there to help us! He also sees when things are going good in our life, so don’t forget him!

It’s amazing what a simple verse can teach us. Take heart today that God is watching you and knows what is going on in your life regardless of the circumstance. He wants to comfort you and help you, so let him, and then give him the glory and the praise!

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