When we left off in Exodus 4 Moses and Aaron had convinced
the children of
Exodus 4:31 †31 So the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked on their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped.
You could just image how thankful and hope full they were. Now in 5 Moses and Aaron have their first encounter with the Pharaoh.
Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, "Thus says the LORD God of
The first thing I want to
point out is found in verse 2 And Pharaoh
said, "Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let
When they found out the reason why the straw was taking away it was at that point they seem to have lost their faith in God promise. As soon as the finished talking to the Pharaoh the went to Moses and Aaron.
Exodus 5:21 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."
Here we have our murmurings of the children of
Matthew 13:20-"But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;† 21 "yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. †
When the children of
Exodus 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."
Moses had his own opinion
on how God should had delivered the children of
Romans †And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
So donít doubt God or your faith instead just put your trust in God almighty.
In Chapter 6:1-8 God
answer Moses questions and reassures him that he will deliver the children of
Exodus 6:1 Then
the LORD said to Moses, "Now you shall see what I will do to
Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he
will drive them out of his land."† 2
And God spoke to Moses and said to him: "I am the LORD.† 3 "I appeared to
Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name LORD I
was not known to them.† 4
"I have also established My covenant with them, to give them the
Moses faith is restored
from the words and he goes and speaks to the children of
Exodus 6: 10
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,† 11
"Go in, tell Pharaoh king of
Here we see Moses doubts
again. Moses was excited about the news that God had just given him and
couldnít wait to tell the children of
Again, we can see a lot of similarities with Moses and with Christians today. I think that we can all relate to what Moses was going through. Let me give you an example just think about your friends or family members that you have tried to show them† what the word of God says about being saved and being in right relationship with God. Maybe you have prayed their heart would be open and you have tried over and over again trying to get them to listen but they simply will not take heed to what you have said. How does that make you feel? Sometimes we might feel just like Moses and think† that there is something wrong us something wrong with our speech and just Moses we can begin to doubt ourselves and get to the point where we want someone else to teach others because we donít feel like we are effective.
There have been many people who have experienced what Moses went through.
What we need to realize is that people are not rejecting us they are rejecting the word of God. God has only asked us to share his word with others and it up to them to choose to accept or deny it. Paul said 1 Corinthians 3:6† 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.† So donít doubt yourself keep on sharing Gods and allow him to give the increase.
†Isaiah 55:11 Isaiah tells us that Gods word will not return to him void but will accomplish what he has purposed for it.
So just put your faith in trust† in God and realize that when you do go out and teach others that you are glorifying God even if we are rejected ever single time.
Jeremiah is a perfect example of this.
First of all look at the warning God gives Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 7:25-27 †25 "Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have even sent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them.† 26 "Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers.† 27 " Therefore you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not obey you. You shall also call to them, but they will not answer you.
Well God was right no one listened to Jeremiah and he became discouraged and was seriously thinking about not speaking in Gods name anymore just like Moses. Jeremiah 20:9†† 9 Then I said, "I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name." But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not. †I love what Jeremiah says here and we should follow after this example. You see the more that study Gods word the more that we love him for what he has done for us the more we will be like Jeremiah. Even when get frustrated because people will not listen God love and his word will come pouring out of our mouths even if no one listens.
So donít allow yourself to be like Moses in the instance instead be like Isaiah who said Here am I lord send me.
In ex. 7 1-7 we learn that God did not let Moses use his excuse instead he says.
Exodus 7:1 So the
LORD said to Moses: "See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and
Aaron your brother shall be your prophet.†
2 "You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron
your brother shall speak to Pharaoh to send the children of
Moses would soon seem like a God to Pharaoh because of all the miracles that he about to do. We learn that Moses obeys this command and we also learn that Moses was 80 and Aaron 83. Before we close our lesson I want us take a quick look Exodus 6:14-27.
In these verse we see a
list of the ancestors of Moses and Aaron starting with Ruben the first son of
Leah. While some will just read over these names quickly they are important
because they show specific names leading up to Moses and Aaron and to the
generation that would be taken out of
Genesis 15:16 †But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete."
In this list we see Levi 3rd son of Jacob 16
His son Kohath
His son Amram father of Moses
Moses and Aaron†
Here† we have 4 generations from time the children