Go and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, “The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, ‘I have surely visited you and seen what is done to you in Egypt; and I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey.’” (Exodus 3:16-17)
In this verse it is hinted that the elders of Israel would listen to Moses because he would be given the words that only the deliverer would say. By saying, “I have surely visited you” God reminded them of the words Joseph had left them with before he died:
“God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” (Genesis 50:25)
Moses’ message to the elders was to let them know these words were coming to pass. He had been observing the things done to them and, again reminding them of their ancestor Joseph who regarded Egypt as the land of affliction, declared that He was about to bring them up “out of the affliction of Egypt.”
Centuries later, Messiah said and did certain things that was to remind God’s people of what had been spoken to them previously through the prophets of old. In other words, there were times when a miracle was performed specifically to alert the people to the fact that the Messiah had come. On one of those occasions, the miracle He performed caused the people to ask the leaders whether He was the Messiah.
Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, “Is this not the son of David?” (Matthew 12:22-23)
The point is that God doesn’t forget what He has promised; He is faithful to keep His Word. Furthermore, if we are paying attention, He will send messages through the words and actions of His servants that are intended to alert us to what He is doing. All of this is that we may recognize the time of our visitation and to know what our Father is doing in the earth. As the prophet Amos said, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7). Let us do our part and listen to what He has to say that we may understand what we are to do.
Blessings and Shalom,