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In the last part of Chapter 5 the officers of the children of Israel blamed Moses and Aaron because Pharaoh had increased their work load. Moses, in turn, went to God and questioned why He had sent him to free His people and then allowed Pharaoh to make their burdens even more difficult than they were before he came. In chapter 6 God answers this complaint.

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Exodus 5:1 "Then the Lord said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land. 2. And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord: 3. And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. 4. And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers. 5. And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant."

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God said, "Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh:" God, through Moses and Aaron, gave Pharaoh a chance to let Israel go. God always gives people a chance to do the right thing. He gave Pharaoh chance after chance. Some people just can't seem to understand that it does no good to oppose God Almighty; The Great God Jehovah!

God confided in Moses that He was the Lord and that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob knew Him by the name of God Almighty. He then told him that He had another name: Jehovah. This is the first time this name for God is used in the Bible.

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Exodus 6:6 "Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, and 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: 7. And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 8. And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the 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."

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The Seven "I wills"

God made seven promises to Israel in Verses 6-8:

  • 1. I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
  • 2. I will rid you out of their bondage.
  • 3. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm.
  • 4. I will take you to me for a people.
  • 5. I will be to you a God.
  • 6. I will bring you into the land.
  • 7. I will give it to you for an heritage.

God will gladly lift our every burden from our shoulders if we will only let Him. He will free us from the bondage of the devil. He is our God and Redeemer and we are His people. He has gone to prepare a place for us and if we turn our lives over to Him, He will give it to us for an inheritance.

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Exodus 6:10 "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 11. Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land. 12. And Moses spake before the Lord, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips? 13. And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt."

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Moses was not accepted by the children of Israel. God told him to go speak to Pharaoh again and tell him to let His people go. Moses argued that if his own people would not listen to him, how would Pharaoh heed what he had to say?

The next 12 verses give a partial genealogy of Israel. Each of the sons of Jacob are named then all their sons in order of eldest to youngest. Moses and Aaron's parents are named in verse 20. "And Amram took him Jochebed his father's sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven years." Notice that Amram's wife was also his aunt. We were told earlier that Aaron was 3 years older than Moses. Evidently the decree from Pharaoh to kill all the newborn boys went out after Aaron was born.

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Exodus 6:26 "These are that Aaron and Moses, to whom the Lord said, Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies. 27. These are they which spake to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt: these are that Moses and Aaron. 28. And it came to pass on the day when the Lord spake unto Moses in the land of Egypt, 29. That the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, I am the Lord: speak thou unto Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say unto thee. 30. And Moses said before the Lord, Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me?"

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Even though Moses was shown to be an Israelite by birth, the previous genealogy proved that even though the promise of Canaan was given to him for an inheritance, and even though God had instructed him to bring His people out of bondage, he didn't want to go. He didn't want to confront Pharaoh. He didn't want to be rejected by his own people. How many times have you hesitated at a task assigned by God? Even though you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is what God wanted you to do, you didn't want to do it. How many times have you offered God excuses for not doing something you knew He wanted you to do? Moses was only human, after all, but God would not have called him out of the desert if He didn't think he was capable. The next time you hesitate to answer God's call, just remember: He wouldn't call you if you weren't capable!

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