Let My People Go Part 3

Kingwell By Kingwell, 1st Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2a2edzj9/
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Moses and Aaron try to persuade pharaoh to let the descendants of Jacob go on a three day journey into the wilderness to worship the Lord.

Increased Burdens

Moses and Aaron are elated that the people, the descendants of Jacob, believe that God has called them and that at last they will leave Egypt and return to the land of Canaan, their promised land. God has told them to ask the king to let the children of Israel go three days journey into the wilderness to worship the Lord their God and so they excitedly set out for the palace. Their enthusiasm soon dissipates however, when they meet with pharaoh, who not only refuses to let the people go but angrily accuses Moses and Aaron of taking the people away from their work. “And Pharaoh said, who is the Lord that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord; neither will I let Israel go”. Exodus 5:2. After sending Moses and Aaron away, the king tells the taskmasters to further burden the people because they are lazy. They had always been given straw to make brick but now says pharaoh, they must find their own straw but they must continue to make the same number of bricks. Soon the officers of the children of Israel are called to task and beaten because the people are not fulfilling their quota as before. When they ask why they are being treated so cruelly, they are told “Ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the Lord”. Exodus 5:17. The people are now enraged with Moses and his brother for bringing this extra hardship upon them and refuse to hear them anymore.

Anger Towards Moses And Aaron

Upset that God has allowed this misery to befall his people, Moses once again returns to speak to the Lord and demand why he has made a fool of him and not delivered the people as promised. We are not told where Moses went to seek God but it seems natural that he would have returned to where he saw the burning bush, in any case, God is there waiting for him. Once again Moses is reminded of the promise made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and is assured that God always keeps his word but again when he leaves and tries to tell the people what God has said they refuse to hear him. Things have only gotten worse, they say, since they first believed him and now their agony is just too much to bear. Moses is learning, as we all do in life, that things are not always that easy, even when we feel that God is on our side. Once again he tells God that the people won’t listen but God has already compiled a partial census of the children of Israel, and simply tells Moses that he must go and speak to pharaoh again. We are told here that Moses is eighty years old and his brother Aaron eighty-three when they again appear before pharaoh. Aaron as before, does the talking but of course the king still isn’t willing to let the people go and when he asks for a sign from God, Moses throws down his rod which becomes a serpent, but pharaoh calls his magicians who do the same thing, and even though Moses’s serpents eats the others, there is no way that Moses and Aaron are going to win this one and they are driven from the palace once again.

The Plague Of Frogs

Hardly are they away from the royal residence however, when God tells them to return the following morning when the king comes down to the river for his bath and bring his rod with him. Following his orders from God, Moses tells pharaoh that unless he lets the people go, he will smite the waters of the river with his rod and all the water in Egypt will turn into blood. He warns him that all the fish will die and there will be no water to drink. Confronted once again, Moses did as commanded and the water became blood and the fish died. It seems however that the sorcerers of Egypt were once again able to the same and pharaoh returned to his house refusing to give in to the demands of God. It must have been difficult for the two brothers but they could now see that God was determined to use them and to make the king of Egypt relent. Back to pharaoh they went, this time with the threat to plague the country with frogs. There would be so many of them that they would find them in their beds, their ovens and even in their pots and pans. When the frogs appeared however, (for once again pharaoh refused to comply with their request) the king promised to let the people go if they would pray to the Lord and the plague be stopped. It was a vow which he had no intention of keeping of course for when Moses and Aaron prayed and the frogs were gone, pharaoh returned to his stubborn ways.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 4
See Part 1

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Angry, Blood, Brick, Burden, Canaan, Curse, Egypt, God, Kingwell, Lord God, Palace, Pharaoh, River, Water Pollution, Water Supply

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author avatar Carol Roach
2nd Aug 2015 (#)

Yep that king was very stubborn, but those ancient people were used to magic

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol. Yes magic was a big thing back then. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Aug 2015 (#)

Interesting that there was a test of skill between God and court magicians. God did not want to enforce His will, rather let humans tackle issues created by them. I think that is continuing even now, and more so, with Him proving incommunicado, totally hands-off approach.

Thanks Kingwell for this thought provoking series - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Siva. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
2nd Aug 2015 (#)

Beautifully presented ~ Kingwell. Thanks. In large measure ~ even today ~ so many people are like pharaoh was. Their health care providers have told them numerous times that they have lung cancer and if they refuse to give up cigarettes, they're going to die very soon.

Yet some are so stubborn ~ hopefully that is the appropriate term ~ that will sit there and say "but I can't live without my cigarettes."

Blessings for sharing this segment.

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Helen and I agree. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
3rd Aug 2015 (#)

I guess Pharaoh wanted to see who was the biggest God.

Why should he give in to someone no more powerful than his own musicians.

I wonder if our own magicians today could duplicate these magic tricks too. They had some good ones in those days it seems.

Thanks for this Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you spirited. They sure loved their magic back then. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
3rd Aug 2015 (#)

An enjoyable piece by a talented writer!

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
19th Aug 2015 (#)

Kingwell, excellent writing as always. I really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for sharing.

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you for your comment Nancy. Blessings.

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