The Israelites were slaves in the land of Egypt. Their lives were bitter with hard bondage. But God had a plan to bring the Israelites out of Egypt and display His mighty power with many miracles. God gave seven promises to the Israelites. Exodus 6:6-8 “Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord.’” To the Israelites, these things seemed impossible. But the Lord wanted the Israelites to have faith in Him and to trust in Him. These are the seven promises. 1. I will bring you out from under the burdens. 2. I will rescue you from slavery. 3. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and great judgements. 4. I will take you as my people. 5. I will be your God and you will know that I am the Lord your God. 6. I will bring you to a promised land. 7. I will give it to you to possess. These seven promises to the Israelites are very similar to the promises that God has made to you and me through Jesus Christ. Let us look at the seven promises as they apply to us today.
1. “I will bring you out from under the burdens.” Jesus promised in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” The burden of sin is heavy, but when our sins are forgiven by God and we take up his yoke, we find that His burden is light.
2. “I will rescue you from slavery.” Each of us was a slave to sin. Through Jesus we have been rescued from the slavery to sin. Romans 6:5-6 “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.” Romans 6:16-18 “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”
3. “I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and acts of Judgement.” We are redeemed by the blood of Jesus. 1 Peter 1:17-19 “And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
4. “I will take you to be my people.” The Father now calls us His children. 1 John 3:1-2 “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
5. “I will be your God and you will know that I am the Lord your God.” He is our God now. John was also given a vision of the future. Revelation 21:3-4 “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’” We are His people; He is our God. He will dwell with us.
6. “I will bring you to a promised land.” Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us and He will come and receive us to Himself. John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
7. “I will give it to you to possess.” He will give us the crown of righteousness. The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:8 “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
The Israelites were given seven promises by God. We read in the Bible that He fulfilled every one of His promises to them. In the same way, God has given us essentially the same promises. We are no longer burdened by sin; we are no longer a slave to sin. We are redeemed by the blood of Jesus and are now the children of God. Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us that He will give to us and we will dwell with the living God and He with us. Our hope is based upon these promises. As God fulfilled His promises to the Israelites, He will fulfill His promises to us. I encourage you to have faith and trust in the promises of God. 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”