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Exodus 3-6

May 21, 2009

God is getting concerned for Israel’s welfare.  The Egyptians are becoming worse than ever, and it is about time for a Biblical… ‘hero.’

Exodus 3

  • One day Moses was tending Jethro’s flock (Reuel also goes by Jethro).  Near Sinai (the mountain of God), Moses saw a bush covered in flames, but it was not being burnt up.
  • God spoke to Moses from the bush.  He told Moses to take off his sandals; he was on holy ground.  He also told him that He was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Moses’ ancestors.
  • God proceeds to tell Moses that he will rescue the Israelites from Egypt (he should appear before Pharaoh) and lead them to the Promised Land — Canaan.
  • Moses had plenty of doubts.  God told Moses He would be with him.  As proof, God said that Moses would return to Mount Sinai to worship Him after the Israelites had left Egypt.
  • Moses said the leaders would not believe him.  God told Moses to tell the Israelites that “…’I AM has sent me to you.'” (Exo. 3:14)  God said the leaders of Israel will accept Moses’ message, but the leaders of Egypt would not… they would not let the Israelites go on a three-day journey to the wilderness to make sacrifices to God.
  • God also said that He would work miracles through Egypt (plagues!) and at the end of the whole ordeal, when the Israelites left Egypt, they would plunder the Egyptians just by asking for stuff (the Egyptians would give it away happily now that the Israelites were leaving).

Exodus 4

  • Moses is still doubtful.  God shows him three signs he can show to the Israelites that will make them believe his message is from God.  Moses could throw his staff on the ground and make it a snake (picking it up made the snake a staff again), put his hand in his robe and pull it out to make it leprous (do this again to make it normal), and take water from the Nile and pour it on dry ground to make it blood.
  • Moses still hesitates, saying he is not a good speaker.  Even after God confirmed He would help him speak, Moses still hesitated.  At this point, God just said Aaron, Moses’ brother, would be with him to speak.
  • Moses gets Jethro’s blessing to go to Egypt to visit his family.  So Moses heads off to Egypt with his family.  God also tells Moses not to be afraid, because everyone who was wanting to kill him has died by now.
  • God told Moses to show the signs to Pharaoh when he got to Egypt (but Pharaoh would not accept them according to God).
  • On the way, God was about to kill Moses, because he had not followed God’s covenant.  After Zipporah circumcised their son, the Lord left Moses alone. Moses had to follow all of God’s commandments — remember that any family that did not circumcise their children was removing themself from God’s blessings.
  • Aaron went to meet Moses in the wilderness.  When they both got to Egypt, Aaron told the Israelite leaders what God had told Moses, and Moses performed the miarcles.  The leaders believed.

Exodus 5

  • Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh to ask him to let the people go worship God for three days.  Pharaoh was very rude.  He instead insisted that the Israelites now must produce the same amount of bricks in a day and find their own straw to use.
  • The slavemasters carried out Pharaoh’s brutal order.  Israel’s foremen in charge of work crews went to Pharaoh to plead with him.  Pharaoh insisted that they were lazy, because they had enough time to talk about making sacrifices to God.
  • On their way out, they met up with Aaron and Moses.  The foremen condemned them, saying they had given the Egyptians an excuse to kill the Israelites.
  • Moses protested to God, saying he had not even started to rescue the Israelites yet.  (Side note: Remember how the Simeon and Levi were very angry about Dinah getting raped, and killed Shechem’s people?  I just realized, not only does Moses — a Levite — seem to have an attitude with God, but he also killed that Egyptian…)

Exodus 6

  • God told Moses to tell the Israelites that they would be God’s special people.  He would bring them into the land of Canaan (which he swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) and free them from their slavery.  However, the people of Israel would no longer listen (due to their heavy workload).
  • God told Moses to tell Pharaoh.  Although he resisted, the Lord ordered it.
  • The story digresses for a second for a brief family tree.  We learn that Amram is Aaron’s and Moses’ father, and Jochebed is their mother.