God appears to Moses and declares His intervention on Israel's behalf. Moses and Aaron share this good news with Israel, and the people "bowed their heads and worshiped" (Ex. 4:31). The same crowd, a few days later, grumbles with disappointment when their situation continues to deteriorate "Let the LORD look on you and judge, because you have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us" (5:21). In response Moses expresses his own disappointment in God, "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" (5:23).
This scene in Egypt reveals a number of truths about God and disappointment:
God's strategy always differs from man's. The wise man waits on Him for His timing and His activity. The foolish man frets and succumbs to disappointment in God and anger toward God. God's promises of redemption assure man of His activity, His way, and His timing. God is good. He does good.
Moses most likely had been circumcised since he was rebuked for neglecting to circumcise his sons. What had Moses failed to understand about the rite of circumcision and its importance in the life of Abraham's descendants? (Gen. 17:7-14)
What would Moses' confrontations with Pharaoh teach Pharaoh about God? (Ex. 6:2)
What would Moses' confrontations with Pharaoh teach Israel about God?(6:3-9)
How does the LORD address Moses' objections? What does this reveal about God?
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