Exodus 6 Commentary
The LORD responds to Moses, and actually to Pharaoh’s question, “who is the LORD”
He was El-Shaddai to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But that wasn’t a full package. Now the LORD unpacks His full name. The IAM God. YAHWEH. JEHOVAH. When the Jews pressed Jesus for his identity he simply tells them, IAM. The reference to this chapter is explicit.
Jesus, the God we have come to know as God the Son is actually the IAM GOD.
The LORD promises to humble Pharaoh. These lines kick-start a series of ‘judgments’ on Pharaoh. But first Moses must report the heavy words from the LORD. The people won’t have any of it. Conditions were now worse. Now Moses is in a real fix. If his own people won’t believe him, how and why should Pharaoh believe him?
The narration breaks here for some housekeeping issues. The author gives us the lineage of Moses and Aaron. There is much more. We have an understanding of other key characters in the story line. Amminadab and Nahshion are mentioned and these are important conduits for the SEED as seen in the genealogies presented in the gospels. They also give us a general picture of Bible timing.
This chapter is important for what the LORD says about Himself. Generally speaking, we have come to expect the unexpected each time the LORD introduces Himself with a different name. But this chapter is special because the LORD introduces Himself simply as the IAM God. No one really knows what that means at this stage. In the immediate context, the LORD would seek to distinguish Himself from the many Egyptian gods in a series of signs.
Therefore the many signs in Egypt can be seen as a contest of the gods. Only one comes out top – but that is for later chapters.
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