Hears, Remembers, Sees and Knows


Contributed by Russ Perkins, Elder Overseer of Communities at Image Church.

Exodus 2:24-25 – 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.  [ESV]

The verse above captures a moment in time when God’s chosen people find themselves slaves in Egypt.  The heavy hand of Pharaoh brought about the cries and groaning of an enslaved nation – and God heard.  God made promises to the patriarchs of these people now in trouble – and God remembered.  God was fully aware of the predicament His people were in – and God saw.  God’s chosen people needed to be rescued; they required someone to lead them to freedom – and God knew.  Often when God wants to accomplish something He picks a person.  In this particular instance, he picked a man – his name, Moses.  Moses’ task was to lead God’s chosen people out from oppression and slavery to freedom in the promised land.

Moses’ God hears, remembers (his promises), looks upon – sees, and acknowledges the situation.  These circumstances are an old testament foreshadowing of a new testament reality.  The truths recorded early in Exodus point to another set of fascinating truths.

1.  God’s chosen people reside in a fallen world under the heavy burden of original sin – but our redemption is a single prayer away. (Hears)

Romans 5:12 – Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, (Adam) and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

John 16:24 – Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

2.  God made promises to save His own covenant people. (Remembers)

Luke 19:10 – For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

Romans 8:29-30 – For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, (Jesus) in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

3.  God is fully aware of the helplessness of our situation. (Sees)

Isaiah 64:6 – All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

Hebrews 9:27 – And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.

4.  His chosen people require a savior – and find one in Jesus alone. (Knows)

Acts 4:12 – Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

Romans 10:9-10 – Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

God’s desire is to enter a covenant relationship with a people He calls to himself.  So, because He is God and He can – He sent Himself in the person of Jesus His son (incarnation) to us all here on planet earth.  All who follow Him (Jesus) will find true freedom, peace, joy, and eternal life.  Moses’ journey early in Exodus serves as a harbinger, pointing to the Christ who would eventually come to set His people free and lead them to true, lasting freedom and peace. 

Jesus heard our cries for salvation, He remembered His promises, He sees our situation, and He knows exactly what it is we have need of.  So, Jesus accomplished that which only He could.  It’s called the Gospel, and if anyone embraces the truth of it – it will transform their view of the world in remarkable ways.  The Gospel is for anyone who will by His grace through their faith accept the transforming truth of the greatest story ever told – and this, every single bit of it – the work of the God who hears, remembers, sees and knows.


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