So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey . . . Exodus 3:8 NIV
Let’s reword this in a couple of alternative ways.
-I have come down to kill Pharaoh and get them out of the brickyards so they can enjoy the dignity in Goshen they had when Joseph was Prime Minister and they were free.
Not bad at all. They knew Egypt. They knew the language and the culture and the economy. They had houses already. They remembered the stories of what it was like before things changed. All told, a pretty fantastic upgrade.
Or how about this one.
-I have come down to rescue them from the bondage of Egypt and return them to Canaan where they came from.
Wow. No one was really hoping for this. Getting out of slavery was the primary focus. Out of Egypt sounds remarkable, albeit a little bit scary. Going back to a place where your forefathers did pretty good for themselves is on the outer edges of believability.
But that is not what God said. He was not going to take them back to Canaan because they had some warm fuzzy history there. God never mentioned their past history. It had nothing to do at all with why He was taking them back there. He was taking them to a highly supportive context where they could magnificently unpack their design.
It is hard for those who are in survival mode to envision thriving. Getting out of bondage is a dream almost beyond reach. The old dreams of being able to creatively express the best of the treasures within you died long ago in the daily drudgery of the brickyard.
They died for you, but not for the Creator who designed you before the foundation of the world to be an exquisitely expressive person, and He has never forgotten the environment needed for you to express your design.
So even though God was taking them back to the place their forefathers came from, it was incidental to the story line, not central. Even though God tightly controlled their exit from Egypt, rigidly forced forms of worship upon them and micromanaged their entry into Canaan, He wanted them to know Him first as the God of their design. He was taking them where they could convert the treasures He had given them into an expression of their design.
Today’s warfare blessing is for all those who have lost their dreams in the brickyard, but who have a God who is still dreaming of their fulfillment.
Copyright September 2015 by Arthur Burk
Written at 2:15 a.m. when sleep is far