Exodus 5 : Moses Makes Things Worse

December 5, 2023 ·

Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh to request that their people be allowed to worship their God. Pharaoh rejects their plea and forces all the Hebrew slaves to produce the same quota of bricks without providing them with straw anymore. The Hebrews are unable to meet this demand and are subsequently punished. They make an unsuccessful appeal to Pharaoh. The Israelites become angry with Moses and Aaron for causing their workload to increase.

Key verses: 

2. But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.” 

22. Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me?

My thoughts:
Moses ends this chapter even more disheartened. Things are not going according to plan. Often, we expect that if it’s God’s will, everything will run smoothly. However, this idea is not supported in the story of Moses or in the Bible as a whole. In fact, it could be better argued that if you are doing God’s will, you are more likely to encounter resistance.

Pharaoh states that he has no knowledge of God and, as a result, refuses to let the Israelites go. Often, Christians assume that people have knowledge of God and should therefore understand our thoughts and actions. However, we should realize that we live in a society with less and less understanding of God, and we should not assume that what may seem obvious to us is equally apparent to others.

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