Today's reading caused several questions to come to mind...here are a few that stood out. By the end of Exodus 5 Moses is on the horns of a dellema! He has obeyed God, he has excited his people, he spoke to Pharoah. And then the wheels seem to fall off the plan when Pharaoh takes away the straw from the Hebrew slaves. So, Pharaoh is angry with Moses, the foremen are angry with Moses, the workers are all angry with Moses. Moses takes his frustrations and questions to God.
Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” Exodus 5:22-23
God makes some promises and convences Moses to keep on keeping on and Moses goes back to tell the people that God is with them but the response was this:
9 Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor. Exodus 6:9
They were over burdened, frustrated tired, I sure get all of that! At the same time I wonder how hard all of this was on ole Moses? How tough is it for us when we feel like following God has led to pain? What do we do when the job is too big? The task seems insurmountable? When all the attempts we've made have added to our suffering?
God is calling Moses (and everyone else) to himself and his way, but when our own expectations are not met, or when the weight and oppression of our circustances get in the way we are tempted to grumble, complain, blame.
At the end of today's narrative (there's more geneolgy) Moses is once again making excuses.
But Moses said to the Lord, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips. Exodus 6:12
So, how do we do in similar circustances?