September 13, 2019. Exodus 2:23-25. Part 3: God’s Great Zakar.

Exodus 2:23-25. 23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from
slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.

Why did the Exodus happen?

The answer isn’t because the Israelites were so awesome and deserving. Nor is it that the Egyptians were so evil and needed to be plagued out of existence. The answer is because God made a covenant with Abraham and then he remembered that promise when the people cried out to him.

The word remember is the Hebrew word zakar. It means to recall or bring to remembrance but always with an action to follow. To remember in the Bible is always followed by action. For God to remember is for God to move forward.

(btw- the word zakar is also the word for male, or to be a man. Guys take note)

Our covenant God is never not at work. It may be that he is working passively at times. That’s what was happening for Israel. For 400 years God said and appeared to do nothing. Then after Moses was born, at just the right time, he remembered. He acted.

Does this mean God had gone to sleep on them for 400 years? Or that he had memory problems for four centuries? Of course not. In fact God predicted this 400 years of “silence” to Abraham. He predicted Israel’s slavery. He knew it was coming. And he knew he would respond when the time was perfect.

The same was true for the coming of Christ. There are 400 years of silence between Malachi and Matthew (I know it’s only one page in your Bible, but trust me). And then at just the right time God remembered and he acted. He sent his son into the world to save the world through his life and death and resurrection.

Christian, did you know that God has made a covenant with you? It’s called the New Covenant and it’s beyond awesome. Because of the New Covenant God will always remember you. He will always remember that he saved you. He will always remember that he forgave you. He will always remember that he adopted you. He will always remember that he brought you into his kingdom.

In Christ God is always remembering you and always acting toward you. Always working. Always bringing about your salvation, your sanctification. Always moving you forward. Always defending you and guiding you.

Philippians 1:6. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:13. for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

When we cry out to God he moves because in fact he already has moved. Christ is God’s climactic redemptive action. Christ is God’s great remembrance. His greatest zakar. His salvation (in every sense of the word). Through the New Covenant we are remembered by God eternally. He is forever at work in us completing the work he has started. He is faithful, and he will do it. That’s “to live is Christ”

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