Tag Archives: Exodus 5

They are Lazy

Pharaoh said that the Israelites were lazy, because they wanted to leave to make sacrifices to God. Their special request had nothing to do with being lazy, but this was an easy way for Pharaoh to speak out against this request. The Israelites were requesting to travel a good distance to make sacrifices to God. Does that sound lazy?

In life, we encounter people who do not grasp what you are doing. They may not understand why you won’t work on a Sunday—why you take a day to rest with God. They might not think it is important to attend church on a Wednesday evening when you could be going to the gym or going out to eat with friends. People will see what they want to see and call you whatever leaves their lips.

Pharaoh shouted at the Israelites. “You’re just lazy,” he screamed. But saying this didn’t make it true. Others may never understand your desire to worship God. They will call you lazy. They will call you strange. They will miss the boat. Keep on keeping on. Finish the race.

“But still require them to make the same number of bricks as before. Don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy. That’s why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifices to our God.’ But Pharaoh shouted, ‘You’re just lazy! Lazy! That’s why you’re saying, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifices to the LORD.’” – Exodus 5:8,17 [NLT]

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Distracting the People

Pharaoh thought that Moses and Aaron were distracting the people. When Moses and his brother went to Pharaoh to ask for the Israelites to be released, it was seen as something that would distract the people from their work. But as we consider God’s people, it is important to remember that this work they were doing for Pharaoh was not what they were meant to continue.

The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt. God’s chosen people were enslaved in Egypt. This was not what God had planned for His people. Sadly, the people strayed and this was the consequence. Even so, God planned for redemption for His people. The true distraction was sin and the consequences of sin.

Sometimes we think some things are distractions when, in fact, other things are the true distractions. Today, ask the Spirit to reveal any true distractions in your life. Stay focused on the Kingdom work.

“Pharaoh replied, ‘Moses and Aaron, why are you distracting the people from their tasks? Get back to work! Look, there are many of your people in the land, and you are stopping them from their work.’” – Exodus 5:4-5 [NLT]

You Have Done Nothing

We do not think like God thinks (Isaiah 55:8). That being said, there are many times when we are unable to grasp what God is doing and we become frustrated. We may even cry out to the Lord, “You have don’t nothing,” just like Moses did.

Moses was upset with God. He was angry because his requests of Pharaoh, requests that were refused, brought about consequences. The Lord had Moses go before Pharaoh and it continued to bring trouble. But Moses couldn’t see what God was doing. He only saw the consequences. This caused him to claim God did “nothing.”

Perhaps today you are crying out these same words—You have done nothing. Perhaps you feel abandoned. Perhaps you wonder where God is even at right now because you cannot see Him moving in your life. Remember, even when you do not see God’s presence around you, He is alive and active. He continues to work everything out for His good purpose. Keep your heart open to hear Him. Dive deeper into His Word. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Trust in His faithfulness.

“Then Moses went back to the LORD and protested, ‘Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people. And you have done nothing to rescue them!’” – Exodus 5:22-23 [NLT]

Who is the Lord

When Moses first approaches Pharaoh to ask that he let God’s people go, Pharaoh asks “who is the LORD” in response. Then he admits that he doesn’t know the LORD. What an interesting question, one that many people ask. The truth is there are many people who do not know the Lord, and there are many who do not “know” know Jesus as well.

God wants us to know Him—this does not mean simply knowing that there is a God and believing that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross so that all who believe in Him will have eternal life. God wants us to have a relationship with Jesus, to spend each day with Him, getting to know Him more. God has given us a heart to know Him (Jeremiah 24:7).

God delights in you knowing Him (Jeremiah 9:24). Today, spend time in His Word. Spend some time communing with Him. Pour yourself out in prayer. Listen closely for the still small voice. He will continue to reveal Himself to you as you faithfully seek Him more (Jeremiah 29:13).

“’Is that so?’ retorted Pharaoh. ‘And who is the LORD? Why should I listen to him and let Israel go? I don’t know the LORD, and I will not let Israel go.’” – Exodus 5:2 [NLT]