Unlearned Questions

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 6 [2]

The unexpected consequences of asking Pharaoh for a leave of absence to worship God left Moses perplexed. God had appeared after 200 years of silence because his people were miserable. He promised to rescue them, but the initial effort to relieve their suffering only made their lives harder. Moses found a quiet place and questioned God’s integrity.

“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]

Do you hear what I hear in Moses questions? God this is your fault! You made our lives miserable. Had Moses forgotten that the Hebrews lives were miserable before God showed up? God didn’t bring trouble on his people. His people brought trouble on themselves when desired to be loved and accepted by the Egyptians.

God did not answer Moses unlearned question.[4] God knew things Moses did not know. Moses did not hear Pharaoh call him a liar, but God did.[5] Moses and Aaron did not hear the Hebrew leaders call themselves Pharaoh’s servants three times, but God did. Moses did not know what was going on, but God did.

God made no effort to justify himself to Moses. He assured Moses that Pharaoh would not only let them go, he would drive them out of Egypt. He reminded Moses that he is the God who appeared to their ancestors and told him something no one may have known. God had not made himself fully known to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.[6] There is more to know about God.

Before you question God’s integrity, you should question how much you know about God. If you don’t fully know God, you might find yourself asking foolish and unlearned questions.

[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] 2 Timothy 2:23 “But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.” KJV

[5] Exodus 5:9

[6] Exodus 6:3

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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One Response to Unlearned Questions

  1. Mary Collins says:

    Man doesn’t consider they don’t know God but mostly that God doesn’t know what is going with them or cares about them in times of trouble. When I think of that time of the bible when the Lord’s people were slaves in Egypt I originally thought they were whiney. But as I grew older, I realized I was like them. Whine and complain when things aren’t going right. I have since learned to just stand on HIs word and leave things in HIs hands.

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