Exodus 3:7-10 is an insightful, informative, and instructive passage, it reads:
“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. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharoah that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” (ESV)
Notice all that the LORD said he had seen, heard, and had come to do: The LORD said: “I have surely seen the afflictions of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry. . .I know their sufferings.” The LORD said: “I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey. . .” The LORD said: “The cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.”
But if we merged the beginning of verse 7 with verses 8 and 10, it would read something like this: “Then the LORD said, I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land. . .Come, I will send you to Pharoah that ‘you’ may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
Do you see that? The LORD did all that talk about what he had come to do, only to send Moses to do it! That’s the lesson! Whatever the LORD does on earth, the LORD always uses human hands to do it! Why? Because God is a spirit and in a material world, an immaterial spirit can only work through a material human vessel. Two reasons for that: One, it’s just the way things work in the intersection of the spiritual and the material, and two, the earth is humanity’s domain, therefore only humanity has authority to operate on earth. (That is why, to fully redeem humanity, God had to become human in Jesus).
One of the reasons the world is in the shape it is in is because most ‘Christians’ don’t know or don’t understand what I just explained! This is why they pray prayers that God cannot and will not answer! God cannot and will not go by the hospitals, the nursing homes, or go behind prison walls to see about the sick, the lonely, and the imprisoned! Why? Because God is spirit AND those are the things God commands us to do! That’s the problem! Instead of being inspired by faith that God will empower us to do what we should be doing, too many of us are waiting for God to magically do it himself!
Another point and I’m through! After Moses led the people out of Egypt, they found themselves in a predicament with the sea in front of them and Pharoah’s army closing in fast behind them! Moses decided it was time to have a prayer meeting, but the LORD said to him: “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry land.” (Exodus 14:15-16)
We waste too much time praying for answers the LORD has already given and too much time waiting on the LORD to do what the LORD has already instructed, empowered, equipped, and authorized us to do!
It’s past time for us (redeemed humanity) to put on our spiritual ‘big boy’ pants and do what we were created and placed on earth to do; to exercise dominion on God’s behalf. Because of rebellion, Adam lost access to that dominion. But praise God, we can regain access to that dominion through Jesus the Christ! Traditional Christianity teaches Jesus came just to ‘rescue’ us from sin and to provide us a way to escape earth to go to Heaven. But Jesus came to fix up what Adam messed up! Jesus came to restore access to the dominion that Adam lost! Jesus came to provide the way for humanity to fulfill God’s original intent for creating humanity; to image, reflect, and represent God on earth!