hard labor, and still they multiplied. He tried to convince the Hebrew midwives to kill theinfant sons of their people, but they were too shrewd for him. And Israel continued tomultiply.Finally, the new Pharaoh commanded all his people to drown every Hebrew babyboy in the Nile, and although many died, one particular Hebrew boy survived—a boywhose survival would mean the deliverance of his people. His name was Moses.Ironically, Moses would be reared in Pharaoh’s house and given all the privilegesof Egyptian education and culture. But one day, Moses went out to check on thecondition of his fellow Israelites, only to find them being cruelly treated and oppressed.In fact, he became so enraged that he killed one of the Egyptian taskmasters and buriedhim in the sand, hoping to allay suspicion and cover up the murder.But the matter became known to Pharaoh, and Moses, the Israelite, was forcedto flee for his life.While in hiding, in exile, Moses chased a stray sheep of his father-in-law’s flockto a mountain. There he found a bush that was on fire but was not burned up—it justkept burning and burning. As he moved to inspect it more closely, he heard a voice callhis name from the midst of the bush saying,
“Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for theplace on which you are standing is holy ground.
…I am the God of your father,the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob….I have surelyseen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to theircry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I havecome down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring themup from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk andhoney, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and thePerizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.
Now, behold, the cry of the sons ofIsrael has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which theEgyptians are oppressing them.
Therefore, come now, and I will send you toPharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt”(Exodus 3:5-10).
And although Moses was not at first prepared to heed God’s call, he finallysubmitted himself to the Lord’s command and returned to a Pharaoh with the samepolicy toward the Israelites as his predecessor.The Lord sent Moses to Pharaoh with one message: “Thus says the Lord, ‘Letmy people go that they may worship me.’” In fact, Moses repeats this message inessentially the same way some fourteen times!
On behalf of the Lord, Moses tellsPharaoh fourteen times, “Let my people go that they may worship me.”
Exodus 3:18; 4:23; 5:1, 3; 7:16; 8:1, 20, 26-27, 29; 9:1, 13; 10:3, 9, 25-26.Exodus 24:1-18: A Climax of the Exodus © 2006 by R W Glenn