“The LORD will do this” (v. 5)
How does a person who hears, “the LORD will do this,” respond to those words? What does that sentence cause us to think about and consider? What does it lead us to do or pray? Are we encouraged by that message, or skeptical, or a blend of both?
When God tells Moses to say this to Pharaoh, perhaps the ill-at-ease speaker has stopped questioning whether or not God will carry the sentence through. This is the fifth plague, after all. They are halfway through the process of freeing God’s people from Egypt’s tight grip. By now, Moses is learning that God is with them, creating a path that will lead them into a new life. When Moses hears, “the LORD will do this,” he takes his place in this liberation process with a growing trust in God.
However, when Pharaoh hears those words through Moses, it seems like a voice in the hardhearted ruler’s head whispers, “Oh no, the LORD won’t. You are powerful enough to end this string of unfortunate circumstances.” Pharaoh does not back down to let God’s people go—either before this plague or after it. Despite evidence to the contrary, he will not believe that an active God is moving on the Hebrews’ behalf.
And when we hear the continuing promise throughout Scripture of how God will act, do we receive those words with the same growing trust that Moses was learning to practice? Or do we confront that unfolding truth with the stubborn denial Pharaoh demonstrates, refusing to see that the Almighty is always at work clearing the way to free God’s people?
What thoughts do the words, “the LORD will do this,” stir in you?
God who actively makes a way for us, create a trust within us so that we may live with your hope. Amen.