I’m not quite sure of the best way to articulate what’s on my mind regarding this chapter:
God is clever?
God is a manipulator?
God’s ways are outrageously different than our ways?
In the last chapter, I had to stop at verse 2. In this chapter, I didn’t make it past verse 1! "Then the LORD said to Moses, 'Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.'" Perhaps you already see what I’m getting at.
God wanted the Israelites out of Egypt. And, I suppose, there were a number of different ways He could have accomplished that. However, because of the way He works, He told Moses that Pharaoh himself was going to release the Israelites. God wasn’t going to have to go to war with Pharaoh (although He certainly took on Egypt’s gods!). God knew that, by His interactions with Pharaoh, He wasn’t going to have to force the Israelites out of Egypt. Pharaoh was going to happily show them the door.
Call it clever. Call it manipulation. Call it genius. Call it whatever you want, but you must admit, God knows how to get the job done. Nothing — not even a maniacal king — is too difficult for Him!
When He looks at a situation, He doesn’t see obstacles. He sees solutions. He sees people acting in ways that we can’t begin to imagine. Even when it looks impossible to us, He knows just what to do. All things are possible with Him!