Moses and the Exodus: God’s Promises Activated (Exodus 5.1- 6.8) (Exodus 5:1-6:8)Francis Blight, 24th September 2023
Part of the Autumn teaching 2023 - Kingdom Come series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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5:2 Pharaoh said, "Who is the Lord , that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go."
5:3 Then they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword."
5:4 But the king of Egypt said, "Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!"
5:5 Then Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working."
5:6 That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and foremen in charge of the people:
5:7 "You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.
5:8 But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don't reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.'
5:9 Make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies."
5:10 Then the slave drivers and the foremen went out and said to the people, "This is what Pharaoh says: 'I will not give you any more straw.
5:11 Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.' "
5:12 So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw.
5:13 The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, "Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw."
5:14 The Israelite foremen appointed by Pharaoh's slave drivers were beaten and were asked, "Why didn't you meet your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?"
5:15 Then the Israelite foremen went and appealed to Pharaoh: "Why have you treated your servants this way?
5:16 Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, 'Make bricks!' Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people."
5:17 Pharaoh said, "Lazy, that's what you are-lazy! That is why you keep saying, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord .'
5:18 Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks."
5:19 The Israelite foremen realized they were in trouble when they were told, "You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day."
5:20 When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them,
5:21 and they said, "May the Lord look upon you and judge you! You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us."
5:22 Moses returned to the Lord and said, "O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me?
5:23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all."
6:1 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country."
6:2 God also said to Moses, "I am the Lord .
6:3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them.
6:4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens.
6:5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.
6:6 "Therefore, say to the Israelites: 'I am the Lord , and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.
6:7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.
6:8 And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord .' "