Dave Burnette's Commentary

Exodus Chapter 6

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: The Record of God's Deliverance of Israel (c 1-40)
Theme: Israel in Egypt (c 1-12)
Message: The Hebrews Refuse to Listen to Moses (v 1-30)

Exodus 6 Commentary

(6:1-8) God Promises to Free Israel - God's promises in these verses were fulfilled to the letter when the Hebrews left Egypt. He freed them from slavery, accepted them as his people, and became their God. Then he led them toward the land he had promised. When the Hebrews were rescued from slavery, they portrayed the story of salvation for all of us. When God redeems us from sin, he delivers us, accepts us, and becomes our God. Then he leads us to a new life as we follow him. This journey from redemption to a deepening relationship with God is the story we find ourselves in. And like with any story, only in hindsight can we see how God was orchestrating events in our lives to lead us out of our slavery to sin and into a full life with him.

(6:6) The Hebrews Feel the Pressure -  Small problems need only small solutions. But when we face great problems, God has an opportunity to exercise his great power. As the Hebrews' troubles grew steadily worse, God planned to intervene with his mighty power and perform great miracles to deliver them. How big are your problems? Big problems put you in a perfect position to watch God provide big solutions.

(6:9-12) The Hebrews are Discouraged - When Moses gave God's message to the people, they were too discouraged to listen. The Hebrews didn't want to hear any more about God and his promises because the last time they listened to Moses, all they got was more work and greater suffering. Sometimes a clear message from God is followed by a period when no change in the situation is apparent. During that time, seeming setbacks may turn people away from wanting to hear more about God. If you are a leader, don't give up. Keep bringing people God's message as Moses did. By focusing on God, who must be obeyed, rather than on the results to be achieved, good leaders see beyond temporary setbacks and reversals.

(6:10-12) Moses Obeys God Despite Rejection - Think how hard it must have been for Moses to bring God's message to Pharaoh when his own people had trouble believing it. Eventually the Hebrews would come to believe that God had sent Moses, but for a time he must have felt very alone. Moses obeyed God, however, and what a difference it made! When the chances for success appear slim, remember that anyone can obey God when the task is easy and everyone is behind it. Only those with persistent faith can obey when the task seems impossible.

(6:14-25) The Family Tree - This genealogy, or family tree, was placed here to identify Moses and Aaron more firmly. Genealogies were used to establish credentials and authority as well as to outline the history of a family.

(6:26) An Organized Plan - To bring the Israelites out of Egypt "according to their armies" means that they would be brought out in a military fashion, organized in tribes, clans, or family groups.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Don't Quit

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Exodus with Chapter 6, yesterday we saw Moses giving the Word of the Lord to Pharaoh in saying to "Let my people go" Pharaoh said "No" and afflicted the People of Israel even more. In today's text we see Moses goes to the Lord and the Lord says that He will take care of Pharaoh and He will deliver Israel from Pharaohs hand. In making application I see the Lord fighting the battles in our lives as He fulfills His plan for our life. We simply need to trust and obey. We need not to focus on the battle or the circumstances in the battle but a simple faith in following the Lord. This principle will be explained over and over in the chapters to come. This faith takes all the pressure off of us as we see the battle is the Lord's. Our failures come when we quit in the battle when we see the enemy raging. It is like a ball team that comes from behind to win a game. They simply never quit. How about you? Do you quit when it seems like you are loosing the battle? Let us learn from today's text remembering to "Don't Quit". Let the Lord fight your battles. Then, you will see victory in your life.


Exodus 6

Exodus 6

 1Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.

 2And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:

 3And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

 4And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.

 5And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

 6Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

 7And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

 8And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

 9And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.

 10And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 11Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.

 12And Moses spake before the LORD, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?

 13And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

 14These be the heads of their fathers' houses: The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel; Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi: these be the families of Reuben.

 15And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman: these are the families of Simeon.

 16And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari: and the years of the life of Levi were an hundred thirty and seven years.

 17The sons of Gershon; Libni, and Shimi, according to their families.

 18And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: and the years of the life of Kohath were an hundred thirty and three years.

 19And the sons of Merari; Mahali and Mushi: these are the families of Levi according to their generations.

 20And Amram took him Jochebed his father's sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven years.

 21And the sons of Izhar; Korah, and Nepheg, and Zichri.

 22And the sons of Uzziel; Mishael, and Elzaphan, and Zithri.

 23And Aaron took him Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, sister of Naashon, to wife; and she bare him Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

 24And the sons of Korah; Assir, and Elkanah, and Abiasaph: these are the families of the Korhites.

 25And Eleazar Aaron's son took him one of the daughters of Putiel to wife; and she bare him Phinehas: these are the heads of the fathers of the Levites according to their families.

 26These are that Aaron and Moses, to whom the LORD said, Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies.

 27These are they which spake to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt: these are that Moses and Aaron.

 28And it came to pass on the day when the LORD spake unto Moses in the land of Egypt,

 29That the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I am the LORD: speak thou unto Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say unto thee.

 30And Moses said before the LORD, Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me?