“I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and to bring them from that land to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey … “

~ Exodus 3:8, HCSB

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Day after day, the slaves labored for their taskmasters in the hot Egyptian sun. Rags for clothes. Lashes for tattoos. Thirst and hunger instead of nourishment. This was the life each one experienced under the tyrannical rule of the pharaohs.

For as long as any of them could remember, it was this way. There was an ancient rumor of a distant land filled with plenty, but none of them had ever seen it. Most doubted its existence.

  • Then, one day a forgotten man spoke of a place past recall.

Moses was a fugitive – a condemned man thought lost to oblivion. He’d somehow survived the barren wilderness. He stood before them a changed man, and he verbalized foolishness to those enslaved.

  • The God of their forefathers had appeared to him.

Most of the Israelites had lost faith in this God because they believed He had forsaken them. Instead, they labored constructing monstrosities to pagan deities who looked down upon their plight with pleasure. To them, the Egyptian gods held the power of life and death over them. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was unfamiliar.

  • But Moses claimed this God had made an unbelievable promise.

The Lord planned to deliver them from slavery. And He did. Although the congregation didn’t have faith in Him at first, God performed miracle after miracle to set His people free.

  • Even so, His provision went beyond freedom.

The Lord vowed to lead them to a new home. Not just any territory though. He covenanted with them to give them a land flowing with milk and honey.

  • And that is exactly what He furnished.

God bestowed upon these slaves something they couldn’t have dreamed of ever possessing. He didn’t necessarily give them wealth as much as He gave them what they needed to live the life He had called them to live before Him and before others.

 

What blessings has God given to you?