In the following article you will find a brief commentary on Exodus 6-7 that goes along with our Riverside Church Two Year Bible Reading Plan (Volume 1 & Volume 2). This plan will allow you to read the New Testament and Psalms once every year and the Old Testament once every two years.
The Promises and Purposes of God
Chapter 6 and the first half of 7 may at first seem repetitive, but they serve an important purpose.
First, God gives his promises. We have said that God provides the power for us to fulfill his mission. For the believer, we are given his Spirit and herein there is power (Acts 1:8). But the Spirit normally works through the power of God’s promises. And those promises may be summarized as the gospel, the promise of God to deliver through the person and work of Jesus Christ.
In 6:1-9 we see the promises given once again to Moses. There is power in God’s word, the power to completely save and deliver. In 6:10 and following, into chapter 7, Moses is recommissioned. He is a man of unclean lips, but God will speak through him. God saves us and then uses us, though unclean apart from his saving touch, in his mission. Amazing grace!
But there is a specific purpose. It is not for our glory, but for his. The mission is to make his name known, to reveal his glory that people might look and live (7:5; 9:16).