10. a. How was God preparing the Israelites for their deliverance from Egypt? During a earlier time of prosperity, the Israelites had no need or desire to leave Egypt. Their hearts likely turned away from serving God and became enamored with the culture.
The (original) language (of verse 23) seems to imply that the Israelites had experienced a partial relaxation, probably through the influence of Moses’ royal patroness; but in the reign of her father’s successor the persecution was renewed with increased severity. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary
After enduring a prolonged (or renewed) time of harsh slavery, the Israelites began to cry out to God to relieve their misery. Their hearts returned to God and likely remembered God’s plans and promises.
b. The Israelites sighed, groaned, and cried out (to God).
11. a. In response to their cries, God
- heard their groaning,
- remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
- looked on the Israelites,
- was concerned; took notice (NASB).
b. God doesn’t forget nor does He change His mind.
Even when we mess up, as Moses did.
Or grow cold, as the Israelites did.
c. My spirit, born of God, has perfect faith. Lord, help my soulish unbelief.
This week, I gained insight into the complexity of God’s plan to return the exiles to the land He promised. Moses needed forty years in the wilderness to mature mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
It seems God gave the Israelites a time of respite until Pharaoh died. That detail escaped me in the past. Even though they had to wait, God provided a way for them to cope with it.
Waiting, wondering and doubting is such a major part of our mortal framework. Lord, help me to remember—
- You hear me,
- You remember Your promises,
- You never leave me nor forsake me,
- and You care about me.