Exodus 6:9… “And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage” (KJV). “So Moses spoke thus to the sons of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses on account of their despondency and cruel bondage” (NASB). Our nation is full of anguish. Our nation has experienced devastating hurricanes, bank failures, inflation, high gas prices, housing and mortgage problems, political upheavals, a new administration, leadership scandals, and mass shootings. In Exodus 6:6, the Lord gave Moses a message which said, “Therefore tell the descendants of Israel that I will use my mighty power and perform great miracles to deliver them from slavery and make them free” (TLB). Moses gave them a message from God, but the people could not receive it because of anguish of spirit. Despondent people have a difficult time accepting a word from God. Their burdens were too heavy. Their taskmasters were so cruel that the spirit of the people was broken. Where there is anguish, nothing seems to go right. There is unrest and fear. The word “anguish” means “troubled in mind, grief, discouragement, torment, anxiety, heartache, sorrow, impatience, loss of hope, woundedness, vexation, assault by an adversary, or inward pressure that prevents you from breathing properly.” The word “hearkened,” as used in Exodus 6:9, means that the people were not attentive. They paid little interest to what Moses was telling them. They were not hearing intelligently.
Very few are hearing what God is saying right now. There is a lot of fear in the land, and some people feel like they are walking in darkness. The Lord wants to heal that anguish. The word “healing” is a very interesting word. It means “to restore to health, to repair, to cure, and to make whole and sound.” It carries the idea of therapy and systematic care, a regimen, continued treatment, a period of recuperation, or a building up of the immune system to combat disease. In the New Testament, the word carries the idea that Jesus cherishes doing what needs to be done until you are made whole. Jeremiah 9:23-24 reads, “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth, glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD” (KJV). This powerful verse teaches the Lord wants us to understand that He provides love and care towards His people. He delights to do it. Please note some other scriptures with the word “anguish.” Genesis 42:21… “And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us” (KJV). The brothers of Joseph were talking about their deed of selling their brother. They saw the anguish of his soul and did nothing. Now guilt had taken ahold of them.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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