“And the Lord said “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Cananites and the Hitites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.”” Exodus 3:7-8 NKJV
When God said He was going to deliver His children from their oppression He did not say they would fly on a magic carpet into a life on easy street. Neither God nor the government can force a person to behave a particular way; God did not make us puppets and the government is not God. Though God said He would deliver His people and there are laws against discrimination within the laws of the government people still have the right to behave as they see fit. God mentions six groups of people who will try and stop the children of Israel from receiving what God wanted them to have; there are people today who want to stop you from getting where you need to go. The fact that there is opposition was not a surprise to the children of Israel and it should not be a surprise to you.
My NKJV Study Bible within the book of Exodus shares this definition of deliverance:
“The verb may mean either: to strip, to plunder” or “to snatch away, to deliver.” The word is often used to describe God’s work in delivering (3:8)or rescuing (6:6) the Israelites from slavery. Sometimes it signifies deliverance of God’s people from sin and guilt (Ps. 51:14). But in 18:8,, the word is a statement of God’s supremacy over the Egyptian pantheon of deities. The Lord was so powerful that He could “snatch” the entire nation of Israel from Pharaoh’s grasp (18:10). This was only the beginning, for God repeatedly delivered the Israelites from their enemies (Josh. 11:6; Judg. 3:9) The Lord was their Deliverer, and the psalmist proclaimed this fact with joy (Ps. 18:12; 144:2).” NKJV Study Bible Second Edition Full Color Edition; Thomas Nelson Publisher 2014- Found on page 96
“I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.” Psalm 18:2 NKJV
The expectation of most people is one of: being in a mess, praying, going to sleep and then waking up no longer in the mess. God led the children of Israel out of bondage they had to walk out of the country, through the Red Sea, through the wilderness and when the arrived at the promised property they had to fight. What God did was make sure they won the battles as long as they fought the way He told them to fight.
Next week I will discuss Oppression