Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bible Notes: Ex 2,5

Ex 2:23-25. The Hebrews languished under slavery. They “groaned … cried out … [and gave] cry for rescue.” God is not absent. He is close to the brokenhearted (Ps 34:18). Here we read “God heard … God remembered … God saw ... God knew.” (ESV)

Ex 5. Moses and Aaron’s initial confrontation of Pharaoh doesn’t bring any gains; quite the opposite, it brings further suffering. The flow of information regarding the new hard-nosed policy is delineated in this chapter through a series of brief conversations (summarized below).
  • Pharaoh to taskmasters (Egyptians) and foremen (Hebrew): “No more straw provision but same quota of bricks.”
  • Taskmasters and foremen to Hebrews: “No more straw provision but same quota of bricks.”
  • Taskmasters to Hebrews: “You’re slacking.”
  • Taskmasters to foremen (as they were beating them): “Why are you behind?”
  • Foremen to Pharaoh: “You’re unfair!”
  • Pharaoh to foremen: “That you want to worship in the desert shows you’re too idle.”
  • Foremen to Moses and Aaron: “The Lord judge you for what you have done to us!”
  • Moses to Yahweh: “Why?!”

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