I really identify with Moses in Exodus 5:22-23 as he struggles with the responses he received both from the Pharaoh and from the people. I think I understand how he feels. It is foolish, arrogant, sinful pride on my part (or anyone else’s) to assume that God’s work will be easy. Whether it is in my role as a husband, father, son, brother, pastor, or counselor, I cannot do what God has called me to do on my own. It is hard work, and it is His work, and I cannot do it unless He does it through me. That is what gives me hope.
So, it shouldn’t be surprising that the very next thing that happens in Exodus is that God speaks to Moses and reminds him over and over that “I am the LORD.” Remember, that word “LORD” when it is in all caps in your Bible means God’s personal name Yahweh – “I AM”.
God says to Moses: “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.” (Exodus 6:1) Who is doing the action here? God is. “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh…”
God says the phrase, “I am the LORD” 4 times in the next seven verses (6:2, 6:6, 6:7, 6:8). And the Lord even points out that He kept his promises to Moses’ ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, even thought they didn’t know Him by this special name “Yahweh”. To them, the Lord was God Almighty (“Elohim,” more of a generic name for God). (Exodus 6:3) But God has revealed Himself in a special way to Moses as “Yahweh”. And just as He kept His covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Lord will keep His promises to Moses. (Exodus 6:4-5) In fact, in Exodus 7-12, God is about to demonstrate to the Israelites and to the Egyptians that He is the LORD, to the exclusion of all others!
God is a promise-keeping God, and He is faithful even when we aren’t. (2 Timothy 2:13)