It is instructive to frame verses 5:22 – 6:9 in terms of the great despondency of the Israelites in Egypt described in ch. 5. We see Moses’s response, and then we hear from God. In all this, the passage emphasizes God’s purpose to bring glory to himself through the redemption of his people. The Holy Spirit wants to draw us in to this great agenda, that we would glorify God ourselves.
When God reveals himself to men, he does so that they might believe on him and love him, so that we might worship and glorify him. So as we come face to face with a monumental passage like Exodus 3:1-6, the point must always be that we must respond to God’s true revelation of himself with faith and love. If it is true that we must respond to God’s true revelation of himself with faith and love, then we should want to know, how does God reveal himself to us? In the text, we see the Lord reveal himself to Moses in four ways:
Through Moses’s pilgrim wanderings, we see the reality that God is sovereign over the lives of his servants. We are not Moses, and none of us have his calling. Yet, in our own lives, as people who are chosen by God to be his own special possession, as the elect of God, we must trust the wise providence of our invisible God, even when God’s providence leads us to places and circumstances that to us are unexpected and confusing. How can we do this? Moses gives us three examples in our passage to us of how we ought to trust the wise providence of our invisible God.