Exodus 5:22-23 Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”
God has revealed himself in his Word. This is the revelation to us that we must depend on as the only certain way of knowing God. However, God has also revealed himself in history. In action. God has not only seen the estate of sin and misery that mankind has fallen into. God has entered into it himself. Living in that estate. Sharing in our suffering and conquering Death. He did this in the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth. A historical person. As historical as Adam. As historical as you and I.
God doesn’t simply hand us a theological treatise. Full of propositional statements in a Harvard outline. He gives us a reminder in the form of a story. Depicting the actual events that he overcame to show his love and demonstrate his grace. Walter Brueggemann once said “strong verbs give rise to stable nouns” and he’s right. The way we arrive at our theological convictions and conclusions of God must arrive at the way we’ve understood his actions.
That being said. God doesn’t act then leave these actions open to interpretation. God acts then he interprets these act for us. It’s as if we needed the old adage. “Tell them what you’re going to do. Do it. Then tell them what you just did.” That’s how gracious God is in his condescension. He doesn’t leave us. He leads us. He is not far in our sufferings. He’s closer than we realize. He’s at work. We see him not in a mystical way. But we see him at work when we hear his Word preached, worship in liturgy, and obey his law.