‘And the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.’ (Exodus 4:31)
Moses has told the Israelites about his encounter with the Lord, and about the Lord’s promise of deliverance. Moreover, God had given him some supernatural signs to convince the people that Moses was really called by God. “And the people believed”. They believed that God had seen their hopeless situation, and that He would now save them out of slavery.
The people did the only right thing in response to God’s promise of salvation: they bowed their heads and worshiped. Later in the story we will see that they didn’t always take this attitude. They were often rebellious, unbelieving and impatient. That might be all too understandable to us, given the precarious situation they were in. But here they give God the honor He deserves.
The Israelites worshiped even before they were actually delivered. For us, it is much easier to look back and see all that
God has done for our salvation. Let’s join in with Mary’s song: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!” (Luke 1:46-47)
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