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February 3rd, Exodus 4-7: Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh

Doing what you’re told is often one of the hardest things to do. As we grow older, we desire more independence in our daily actions, yet dependence on God is the surest way to live. It is because of this contradiction that so many of us struggle in our faith, whether large and small.

After receiving the LORD’s instructions at the burning bush, Moses returned to his father-in-law Jethro and asked him to let him return to his people in Egypt, to which Jethro wished him well.

The LORD said to Moses in Midian that the people in Egypt who wanted to kill him were dead, so it was safe to return. Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey, and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.

The LORD told Moses that he would harden Pharaoh’s heart so that he will not let the Hebrews go. Then the LORD tried to kill Moses. Yeah, I didn’t remember that part either…

Exodus 4:23-26 says:
24 At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26 So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)

The LORD told Aaron to meet his brother in the desert, and so he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him. Moses told him what the Lord had told him, and the miraculous signs that they were to perform.

Moses and Aaron brought together the elders of the Israelites and told them everything the LORD had told them. Moses also performed signs before the people, so they believed. When they heard the LORD was concerned about them and had herd about their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.

Exodus 5 records that Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and told him that the LORD, the God of Israel, commanded him to let His people go. Pharaoh’s hardened heart refused, however. And the very same day Pharaoh gave order to the slave drivers to quit providing straws to make bricks.

The Israelite foremen appealed to Pharaoh, but he called them lazy. They found Moses and Aaron and blamed them for their troubles.

God reminded Moses of the covenant he had made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they could muster a response due to their lack of morale.

Exodus 6:12 says:
12 But Moses said to the LORD, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?”

Then we get into Levi’s descendants, as the Bible talks about the lineage of Israel.

The chain goes like this:
Levi –> Kohath –> Amram –> Aaron, Moses, and Miriam.

Note that Amram married his father’s sister, or aunt.

Now when the LORD told Moses to tell everything to Pharaoh, he replied, “Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?” (Exodus 6:30)

Ah, but Moses was God to Pharaoh, and Aaron like a prophet of God. Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD commanded them. Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three.

Moses and Aaron talked to Pharaoh, and threw down the staff to become a snake just like the LORD had said. But Pharaoh summoned his wise men, and they did the same things by their secret arts. But Aaron’s staff swallowed the others, yet Pharaoh’s heart was still hardened.

Question: What’s the riskiest thing you’ve asked for at work? Have you ever felt discouraged when people don’t listen to your advice?

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