Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.” (Exodus 3:7–8, ESV)

One of the ways that we can see what is really going on in a passage is to strip it down to the bare bones of the subject and the verb, or even just the verb.  This passage is a good example.  The Israelites have been cruelly oppressed by the Egyptians and have cried out to God to save them from this intolerable situation.  Unbeknownst to them, some 200 miles away as the crow flies, the first stirrings of God answering their cries are happening at Mt. Horeb (Sinai) to Moses.

God speaks out of a burning bush which is not devoured by the fire and he says:

  • I have surely seen
  • [I] have heard
  • I have come down to deliver
  • [I have come down] to bring them up

It will take a lot of pain, more suffering, and much difficulty before the Israelites are free of the Egyptians, but what God speaks from the burning bush did surely come to pass just as he said it would.  God saw; God heard, God came to deliver; and God brought his people out of Egypt and towards the Promised Land.

God’s deliverance is never late, but rarely early.  It is usually not without suffering and pain, and it requires faith, trust, patience, and endurance for those to whom it comes.