“So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey.” (Exodus 3:8)
The Almighty described the land to which Israel would go in some specific detail. I find that interesting because the land He described was a place Moses had never seen. And so, He showed Moses the glorious objective — the reward if you will — before He addressed the specifics of how it was to unfold. As we know, getting from Egypt to Canaan would be quite the journey. Yet, to that issue, He simply said, “I have come down to deliver them.” In other words, “I’ll take care of it.”
The Hebrew phrase “I have come down” could be translated literally as “I shall descend” meaning that God came from above, descending as it were, in order to redeem His people. That is of interest to us because, as Paul reveals, the same shall be true in the future. He will come down to deliver His people.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Messiah shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
What Paul describes here is the Resurrection and the culmination of the Redemption. In conjunction with this event is restoration of the Kingdom of Israel under the rule of the Messiah. Long ago God assured Moses that, in spite of those who wished otherwise, God would redeem His people. Likewise, He has promised us that He will “come down” and deliver us from our affliction. Though we may have to wait, and while waiting endure hardships, we can be certain that, at the set time, our redemption will occur. In the meantime, let us continue to look up knowing that, soon, He will come down.
Blessings and Shalom,