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Throughout the 40 Days of Lent, our Words from the Servants podcast will feature brothers from around the world as they give daily commentary on the books of Exodus and Hebrews. Today, our brother Doug Smith – currently living in Belfast, Northern Ireland – provides commentary on Exodus 6:2-13. Take a listen below or click here to download. You can find the full list of our meditation passages for this 40 Days here.


Exodus 6:2-13:

And God said to Moses, “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them. I also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they dwelt as sojourners. Moreover I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold in bondage and I have remembered my covenant. 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 their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment, and I will take you for 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. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.'” Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel; but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and their cruel bondage. 

And the LORD said to Moses, “Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the people of Israel go out of his land.” But Moses said to the LORD, “Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me; how then shall Pharaoh listen to me, who am a man of uncircumcised lips?” But the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, and gave them a charge to the people of Israel and to Pharaoh king of Egypt to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt. 

Doug Smith
Doug is a lifelong committed brother who lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Doug serves as the senior coordinator of Charis, an ecumenical Christian community in Northern Ireland. He has also served in Youth Initiatives, a cross-community youth ministry in Belfast, since 1992. He is currently the management support officer for the organization, and served as the chief officer of Youth Initiatives from 2003-2018. Doug grew up in Ohio and enjoys running and hiking around Ireland. He is featured in the article, Doug Smith – Brother & Director.
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