Trouble

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 5 [2]

Everything God told Moses before he departed for Egypt proved true. The Hebrews believed Moses. Pharaoh refused to let them worship a God he did not “know” and denied their request. But no one anticipated the consequences of asking evil men for freedom. Trouble!

Moses had questions the next time he spoke to God. “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”[3]

After the initial meeting with the Hebrews, Pharaoh ordered his people to stop supplying straw that the Hebrews needed to make bricks, yet the daily quota would remain the same. “Pharaoh’s slave drivers beat the Israelite overseers they had appointed, demanding, “Why haven’t you met your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?”[4]

The only people in trouble were the Hebrew leaders who sold their people into Egyptian slavery. Without the straw it was impossible to meet the daily quota. Failure to meet the “daily quota” meant a daily beating.

The Hebrews were willing slaves. They had stopped worshipping their God to give their labor and lives for Egypt’s glory. Don’t believe me? Listen to the Hebrew leaders appeal to Pharaoh.

“Why have you treated your servants this way? 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.” (emphasis added) [5]

Three times they said to Pharaoh we are “your servants”. Then they walked out of the meeting and rebuked Moses and Aaron for making them “obnoxious to Pharaoh”. Did it matter that their behavior in Pharaoh’s throne room was obnoxious to God.

The Hebrews are like a woman in an abusive relationship. No matter how badly she is treated, she continues to love and cling to her abuser. She will never be free until she acknowledges the truth. The man she loves does not love her and is not worthy of her devotion.

God promised to free them from the power of Egypt, but he can’t do that until they acknowledge the truth about Egypt. Egypt does not love them. Egypt is not worthy of their devotion. God allowed trouble to come because the truth about Egypt would set their hearts free.

[1] From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.

[2] All scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Exodus 5:22-23

[4] Exodus 5:14

[5] Exodus 5:15-16

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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