February 24, 2018
In this chapter Moses and Aaron come before Pharaoh, asking him to let the Israelites go so they may go and sacrifice unto God. But just as God told Moses, Pharaoh denied the request with a firm, NO WAY!
You may think, why ask Pharaoh in the first place knowing he's going to deny it? The Lord always seems to give opportunity even though He's all-knowing and sees the end from the beginning. That's the mercy and love of a God that cares for all.
But what God didn't tell Moses (that we read of) is that when he makes his request known to Pharaoh that Pharaoh would not only say, No but would increase the oppression upon the Hebrew children. Now, they must gather straw themselves to make the bricks and still make the quota for the day. And obviously, this did not go over well with all and the Israelites. They began to get upset with Moses and question what he is doing.
What does this tell us?
Through every change in our life, through every "Exodus" (departure) from one stage of life to another comes difficulty. How many times have you tried something new or were beginning to embark on a new journey and were immediately faced with obstacles? In so much that when faced with these hardships, the very first thing you and I think of is, "This must not be right." "I must be going the wrong way"..."I must be in the wrong"..."God has left me because I'm going the wrong way, therefore, I need to stop and turn back."
Strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life (Mt 7:14). No matter the oppression you face, God is still there. The weight of oppression does not mean God has left. It means that a miraculous change is taking place in your life!
Exodus 5:1-23 (KJV)
Pharaoh chides Moses and Aaron for their message
1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.
3 And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
4 And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.
5 And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.
6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,
7 Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.
8 And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.
9 Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.
10 And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.
11 Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished.
12 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
13 And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.
14 And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore?
He opposes their complaints
15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?
16 There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.
17 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.
18 Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.
19 And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task.
20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh:
21 And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.
22 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me?
23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.
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