E100: 016 | God Is Aware and At Work

"Today’s reading describes the birth and early life of Moses. After his “lucky break” by the river, Moses became part of the Egyptian elite. But inside he was an angry young man who finally took matters into his own hands by murdering a slave in a futile attempt to save his people." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read Exodus 1:1-2:25 | (ESV)

...The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.(Exodus 2:23-25)
Sometimes the way I read something, like reading between the lines, interferes with my understanding of the passage. Most translations I have read use a phrase like "he (God) remembered his covenant with Abraham." When I read this it kind of suggests that God has forgotten about his promise and is distant from his people. But I have to remind myself with the help of other passages from the Bible that this is not what I know about God and is not what is being said here, it is just the way I have misinterpreted the wording. The wording used here could easily suggest that God has NOT forgotten. This is written from a point of amazement that God remembers us at all. Look at Psalm 8:
O LORD , our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! ...When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:1, 3-4, NIV)
The emphasis in the Exodus verse could easily be put on God not forgetting instead. The "Contemporary English Translation" translates it this way.
He did not forget the promise he had made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob ...
This small issue aside looking at it from a larger view we see God heard their cries, was concerned, and understood. God was aware of his people's pain. So very aware. The fact is God was already at work preparing a leader to save his people from slavery - a savior.

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  1. Thanks for this. I am in the midst of a huge life change, and it's a wonderful reminder that God is aware of all of it!

  2. Understanding the bible is not as easy as 1-2-3. Yes you are right that sometimes how we understand the meaning of the line, depends on how we read it.
    Verse from the bible reminds us that He is there, no matter how indifferent the situation is.
    I believe in god, and no matter how confusing words from the bible can be, I still believe that God loves me.


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