Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: Exodus 6:6
A background about the Israelites — According to God’s unchanging promise to Abraham that He would bless him and his generation and make him great, through Issac (Abraham’s son) and Jacob (Abraham’s grandson) God did fulfil His promise. Through Jacob’s 12 sons the tribe of the Israelites came into being and were a group of people chosen by God to be His own.
Then we see Jacob’s son Joseph going on to become the ruler of Egypt under the leadership of Pharoah and it was during his time that the children of Israel moved to Egypt because of a terrible famine. When Joseph died another Pharoah unknown to the Israelites came into power. He did not like the Israelites because firstly, they weren’t the authentic inhabitants of Egypt and secondly because the Israelites were much stronger than the Egyptians. So, the new Pharoah forced the Israelites into hard labour and that’s how they became slaves of the Egyptians.
Why did God bring them out of Egypt?
He brought the Israelites out of Egypt so that they would be His people and God would be their God. And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. Exodus 6:7
How does God desire His people to be?
1. Peculiar Treasure – God chose the Israelites to be a peculiar treasure unto Him (Exodus 19:5) but sadly they rejected God because of unbelief and walked out of His ways. Instead of them, God chose us the Gentiles to be His peculiar treasure and He wants us to remain in this way. Romans 9:25.
2. Peculiar People – God desires His people to be peculiar people because He wants them to walk by faith and not by sight — their walk/lifestyle is out of the ordinary. For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. Deuteronomy 14:2
3. Special People – They are special to the Lord because their food, clothing, conversations, walk of life etc. everything is special to Him. For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. Deuteronomy 7:6. And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. Exodus 23:25
4. Happy People – God desires us to be happy people because every belong to Him – to theGod Most High. Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places. Deuteronomy 33:29
Be blessed 💕