Israel’s Labor Increased and Moses Faith Fails Exodus 5-6

Exodus 5:1-2..  Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go…’” But Pharaoh said,…, I will not let Israel go.”

 Pharaoh reacted by saying this request was taking the people away from their labor. He demanded that the Israelites increase their labor and had the foreman beaten when the people missed their quota.

The foreman met with Pharaoh without receiving relief. Then they said to Moses and Aaron  21 … “May the Lord look upon you and judge you, for you have made us odious in Pharaoh’s sight and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.”

22 Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, “O Lord,… Why did You ever send me? 23 Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all.”

At the first sign of rejection Moses faith failed and he blamed the Lord for not doing what He promised. The Lord repeated His promises to Moses, So Moses spoke thus to the sons of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses on account of their despondency and cruel bondage.”  A

Moses returned to one of his original excuses “I am unskilled in speech; how then will Pharaoh listen to me.” B

God had told Moses that Pharaoh would not permit them to go without the strong miracles He would do in their midst.C The same thing applies to His disciples today. Our skillful words are not what changes hearts. The will to change comes from the conviction of the Holy Spirit and faith in their hearts that comes from His word [Romans 10:17]. Each person must voluntarily agree to accept the promises of God. “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” E

O God help me trust in Your faithfulness and help me persevere in trials.  

Notes: A- Exodus 6:9; B- Exodus 6:12 & 30; C- Exodus 3:19-22; D- Romans 10:17; E- Romans 10:9,13; How to be saved

Henry Luke 9/11/2017

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