El Shaddai and His provision


When pain is at its worse, I may not comprehend good words that are spoken but if they are put to music, I’m all ears so to speak (listening more importantly with my heart and soul).

El Shaddai can mean God of the mountains, of the wilderness or simply the God who provides, His grace being sufficient. (See Wiki link below)

When the people of Israel (aka Jacob) were promised through Moses that they would be brought into a land of their own, they did not listen.

The “promised land” had gone beyond their ability to hope. Their taskmasters demanded things of them that they could no longer perform. (Make bricks from straw and now find the straw first but keep making the same quota of bricks).

God appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and established His covenant with them. He, however, did not make himself known to them as He did with Moses.

The children of Israel had become so numerous yet so enslaved, they no longer had the capacity to hope in God’s promises for them.

Moses was unique in that he was qualified to lead millions of people in a giant exodus out of slavery (brought up in Pharaohs house as the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter).

Moses was also unique in that his biological parents were part of the priestly Levites with extreme faith in YHWH (the covenant God of the Hebrews).

What a tremendous undertaking that Moses agreed to (albeit not without resistance), acting as God’s deliverer for the children of Israel.

This unique deliverer was recognized as special by his mother even at birth when she kept him hidden, believing against all odds that he would not be slain with the other newborn boys.

As God made himself known to Moses and the people of Israel, they escaped servitude, witnessed miracles, endured wilderness wanderings and were provided God’s law (code of conduct) at Mount Sinai.

I watched the old, yet first of “The Fast and The Furious” movies last night. We were amused at the insertion of “saying grace” between murders and violence. Even the priest appeared to be bought by the criminal, but in the end allowed for his removal.

The best line of the movie, however, was when the FBI agent admits his respect for Dom because he had a “code” to live by.

In essence, the Ten Commandments that were given through Moses to the people coming out of slavery provided a code of ethics that not only saved their lives but helped them to re-establish in the Promised Land successfully. (Now comes the music and dancing that brings God’s promises home).

Listen to this fabulous song, “Promised Land” by Toby Mac and Sheryl Crow. I heard it this week and was captivated by how much God wants us to hear His hope for us and provision that He alone can bring to our souls. Promised Land -Teresa

Exodus 6:2-28 (ESV)

2 God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty,[a] but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them. 4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they lived as sojourners. 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. 6 Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. 7 I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 8 I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord.’”9 Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.

10 So the Lord said to Moses, 11 “Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the people of Israel go out of his land.” 12 But Moses said to the Lord, “Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?” 13 But the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and gave them a charge about the people of Israel and about Pharaoh king of Egypt: to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

The Genealogy of Moses and Aaron

14 These are the heads of their fathers’ houses: the sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi; these are the clans of Reuben. 15 The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman; these are the clans of Simeon.16 These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari, the years of the life of Levi being 137 years. 17 The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, by their clans. 18 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, the years of the life of Kohath being 133 years. 19 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites according to their generations. 20 Amram took as his wife Jochebed his father’s sister, and she bore him Aaron and Moses, the years of the life of Amram being 137 years. 21 The sons of Izhar: Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri. 22 The sons of Uzziel: Mishael, Elzaphan, and Sithri. 23 Aaron took as his wife Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab and the sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 24 The sons of Korah: Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph; these are the clans of the Korahites. 25 Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took as his wife one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites by their clans.

26 These are the Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said: “Bring out the people of Israel from the land of Egypt by their hosts.” 27 It was they who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt about bringing out the people of Israel from Egypt, this Moses and this Aaron.

28 On the day when the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, 29 the Lord said to Moses, “I am the Lord; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.” 30 But Moses said to the Lord, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips. How will Pharaoh listen to me?”


  1. Exodus 6:3 Hebrew El Shaddai (a)


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