Moses Part 6

Moses, the man of God

A study

Part 6

Moses returns to Egypt

Exo.5 & 6

Moses meets the people of Israel

Moses and Aaron went to Egypt and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel. And Aaron spoke all the words, which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped. (Exo.4: 29-31)

Moses’ first meeting with Pharaoh

And after that Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh, and told him, “Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let My people go, that they may go three days’ journey into the desert, and hold a feast unto Me in the wilderness.” 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.” (Exo.5: 1-3) Pharaoh denied the Almighty God who is above all, but was prepared to believe a god made by his own hands, a god who will agree to all his whims and fancies and passions.

Severe Persecution

And Pharaoh said that the people of Israel do not have enough work. They are idle and that is why they cry, saying, “Let us go and sacrifice to our God.” Let there more work be laid upon them, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words. Let the work be heavy upon them. The people of Israel cried because of the severe persecution. They became impatient and angry because of anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage and complained to Moses.

Whenever we draw closer to our Lord and decide to make commitments to walk in His ways, the enemy becomes furious and brings persecutions upon us to discourage us. He tries to divert our attention by working through the world and our flesh. At such occasions we must turn our attention to our Lord and seek His guidance and grace to strengthen and sustain us. This is what Moses did.

Moses seeks God’s encouragement

Moses also cried unto God saying, Lord, why have You treated this people ill? Why then have you sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people. Neither have You delivered Your people at all. (Exo.5: 22,23) The Lord comforted him and encouraged him by reminding him about His person and His plans for His people. The Lord said, “I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant. I am the LORD.” God gave a three-fold promise to BRING THEM OUT of bondage, to KEEP them on their way and to BRING THEM INTO the Promised Land. (Exo.6: 5-8)

  1. I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments.
  2. And I will take you to me for a people, I will be with you, and I will be to you a God: and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, which brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
  3. And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

The deliverance of the people of Israel is a type of the deliverance of any individual from the power of sin and Satan. When any person turns to the Lord Jesus Christ and receives Him as His personal Saviour, the Lord gives this very same three-fold promise.

  1. He gives us complete deliverance from the power of sin and death.
  2. He will be with us care for us and guide us throughout our life.
  3. He will bring us into His coming glorious heavenly kingdom so that we can be with Him forever and also partake on His power and glory.

God said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you. I will multiply my signs and my wonders and will bring out my people out of Egypt. From these signs the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord and my people shall also know and teach their children that I am the Lord.

Moses’ second meeting with Pharaoh

Moses and Aaron went in again unto Pharaoh. Aaron caused down his rod before Pharaoh and it became a serpent. Now the magicians of Egypt also caused down their rods and they too became serpents. But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. But Pharaoh hardened his heart and hearkened not unto them.

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