“Let my people go….” If we are to understand the direction to go as individuals, communities, or nations, we should look back through history to where this original thought of freedom began. While it is a popular political cry for freedom, it actually emerged at the time of Moses. The actual verse goes on to say, “Let my people go, that they may serve me….(Exodus 16:7).
“That they may serve me” changes the whole understanding “let my people go”. It defines why they are going free. It defines where they are going in life. It sets the standard for freedom. It is not just freedom to do anything. It is not a freedom where any way of life is just as good as any other way of life. It is, “Let my people go, that they may serve me….”
So who is “Me”? It is the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as revealed in the Old Testament. It is Jesus Christ as revealed in the New Testament. It is the Law and the Prophets of the Old Testament combined with the New Testament, for Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” (Matthew 5:17)
“Let my people go, that they may serve me….” When this becomes the battle cry not only of the individual, the home, and the community, but also the nations of the world, then mankind will see the fulfillment of the heralding speech of the angels. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14) This can only happen as nations and government… “Let my people go, that they may serve me….”