By: Ely Lagajino
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
The Israelites grow anxious about the news of God’s deliverance from slavery through the leadership of Moses and Aaron. Many join the work stoppage, which angers Pharaoh.
Meanwhile, Moses and Aaron enter the palace and speak to Pharaoh, “Our God, of Israel, is calling us to worship Him. To do this, our people must journey for three days into the wilderness.
“I know not your God neither will I let Israel go. We are delayed in the construction of our buildings and are losing much.” Pharaoh argues. The Hebrew slaves still have to construct roads, erect monuments, cut big stones for the construction of the pyramids, and make bricks and tiles. They have been doing all these for more than a century since the death of Joseph.
Then, Pharaoh orders to appoint Hebrew officers to bring back the strikers and make them work harder. If they fail, the Egyptians will beat the officers in charge.
The Israelites blame Moses for their increasing workload. “We thought you would set us free, but now our suffering is greater!”
So, Moses calls upon the Lord, who says, “Go and speak to Pharaoh again and show him the signs I gave you.”
Pharaoh, however, mocks, “Who is this God? Why should I obey His commands?” Then Aaron throws his rod to the floor; it turns into a snake. Pharaoh calls his magicians. They also turn their rods into snakes, but Aaron’s rod swallows up the others. Still, Pharaoh will not let the children of Israel go.
The Israelites expect to gain freedom without faith in God. Many who still wish to live in Egypt, have adapted Egyptian habits. They are not ready for deliverance, so the Lord doesn’t grant their desire.
Later, God informs Moses that He will send a plague. He tells him to describe the terrible effects of the plague to the king so that he may save himself and his people if he chooses to obey the living God.