16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt: 17 And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. 18 And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. 19 And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. 20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go. 21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty: 22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians. (Exodus 3:16–22)
In Exodus 3:10, God said to Moses:
10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. (Exodus 3:10)
Moses had already objected twice: His “who am I to do this?” was met by God’s “I will be with you.” Further, Moses’ “What name shall I give them?” was answered with “I AM THAT I AM,” a name of authority, of power, of faithfulness, of eternity.
Then it seems that the Lord God anticipated what might have been his next question, “How do I do this?” I know that would be one of my questions: how do you gather two million people and get them out from the grip of a tyrant king?
Moses never asked, at least not out loud, but in Exodus 3:16-22, God gives Moses clear instructions on how he was to go about getting the Israelites out of Egypt.
What I want us to see is that these instructions are more than the “go to point A and then point B; fold tab C and put in slot D” variety. These instructions show that for what God commands, he also provides.
When God commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, he provided a substitute, a ram caught in the bush:
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh [means “the LORD will provide.”]: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. (Genesis 22:13–14)
In the New Testament, we also read that God provides for everything that we need to live the way he wants and to do what he wants:
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (2 Peter 1:3)
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)
It’s wonderful that we can go back to the Old Testament and see examples of God’s truth in action. This truth is no exception. God does provide for what he commands us to do.