Exodus 5

Exodus 5 has Moses and Aaron going in to give their demand to Pharaoh.  “‘Let my people go”.  Pretty basic request, or more of a demand I guess.  Now God already knew this wasn’t going to work.  But He sent Moses and Aaron in so He could begin to show Himself strong to the leaders of Egypt.  Pharaoh gives a pretty expected kind of response.  “I do not know the Lord, and moreover, I will not let Israel go”.  I can almost see it.  ‘Are you kidding me?  I’m in control here.  Who are you to come in and demand time off from work?

So Pharaoh orders his foremen to change the requirements of this enslaved workforce.  “You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves”.  Previously God’s people had been provided the raw materials to complete the task they were assigned – creating bricks.  But now that is all changing because of the request from Moses and Aaron.  Pharaoh decides that if they have time to request three days off to go and worship God, they could get more done.  “Let heavier work be laid on the men”.

This is not going well for Moses.  He’s gone in and made the request God told him to.  But the outcome is far from what was hoped for.  In fact, it is exactly the opposite.  Pharaoh says no and increases the workload which punishes the people.  And the people aren’t happy.  They say “you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us”.  Not a good place for Moses to be.  Now he finally does the right thing.  He turned to God.

Moses asks God some important questions.  “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people….Why did you ever send me”?  It just isn’t making sense.  Moses went as God told him and requested freedom for his people.  But now, the pain has gone up with the increased work responsibilities and Moses is the bad guy.  It isn’t adding up.  Moses is frustrated “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”.  Something seems wrong to him.  But God has a plan.  God always has a plan, and it is a perfect plan.

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