Exodus 5:1-23 Moses and Aaron first confrontation with Pharaoh
Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, "Thus says the LORD God of
10 And the
taskmasters of the people and their officers went out and spoke to the people,
saying, "Thus says Pharaoh: 'I will not give you straw. 11 Go, get
yourselves straw where you can find it; yet none of your work will be reduced.'
So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the
15 Then the
officers of the children of
20 Then, as they came out from Pharaoh, they met Moses and Aaron who stood there to meet them. 21 And they said to them, "Let the LORD look on you and judge, because you have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us."
22 So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all." NKJV
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Thus
says Yehowah Elohey
Pharaoh’s response was that he does not know
Yehowah nor will he let
Y Then Moses and Aaron accurately quoted the Words of God’s first command and said, “Elohey Hebrews (the God of the Hebrews) has met with us. Please let us go three days journey into the desert and sacrifice to Yehowah Eloheynov (the Lord our God),” [Exodus 3:18] then they added “lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.”
Pharaoh was unimpressed and said they were
keeping the people from their work so he restricted the supply of straw for
bricks and demanded that the quota of bricks remain the same. This was done so the people of
Y The officers of the Children of Israel asked Pharaoh how they could keep up with the quota of bricks when the straw supply had been cut off.
Y Pharaoh responded that it was because the people were idle that they wanted to take time off to go and sacrifice to Yehowah. So he repeated the demand that the quota of bricks remain the same.
Y When they came out of the meeting with Pharaoh, they met Moses and Aaron, and said, “Let Yehowah look on you and judge, because you have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
Y This demonstrates human nature when things do not go as expected people tend to accuse the one they view as the cause of their problem, and in this case it was Moses and Aaron, because they did not understand how God was going to make this event turn out right.
Y Again in keeping with the same human nature Moses went to Yehowah and said, “Adoney, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people, neither have You delivered Your people at all.”
Y We can understand why the people reacted as they did, but it is hard to understand why Moses reacted as he did in self defense since God had been open about the outcome from the very start.
God had told Moses that Pharaoh would not let
the people go until after God had brought all His plagues against
Y Moses should have remembered because God had told him twice, but in the flush of the moment Moses forgot and did not understand all that God had meant with the message.
Y This is just like the people today who do not understand or recognize the signs of our times even though God has described them so plainly and so many times.
Y This is a revelation of God and His ways, as well as a revelation of human nature and mankind’s lack of understanding resulting in irrational accusations against God. That is quite a common reaction of people in the world, as well as people in various Church groups.
Y Yet God has a purpose and a plan that He has revealed to us, but too often we fail to understand or to apply it to things that happen that seem to be adversity.