Today we continue with the story of Moses. If you haven’t read yesterday’s post yet, you’ll want to do so before diving into this one.
Exodus 5: God Sends Moses to Pharaoh
Moses went straight up to Pharaoh and asked him to let the Israelites go because God said so.
Pharaoh got mad and had the slave drivers increase the Israelites’ workload. The slaves had to meet the same daily quote for making bricks, but instead of being provided straw, they had to go get their own straw. It did not go well.
The slaves blamed Moses and Aaron for their newly increased torture.
Exodus 6: God Promises Deliverance
Again, Moses shares his doubts with God about why he was chosen.
God basically said, “Don’t worry, I got this.” <— not a direct quote
God told Moses that he would free the Israelites and give them the land of Canaan, which (I’m sure you totally remember) was promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Moses reassured the Israelites and passed along what God said, but they didn’t believe him.
Moses questioned himself again.
God pretty much said, “Go do it.” <— again, not a direct quote
And then the story is interrupted with another long family history. It’s a half-page long, but here’s the important part:
“Amram married his father’s sister Jochebed, who bore him Aaron and Moses.”
So Amram married and bore children with his aunt. Got it.
I think the other important part is that Aaron and Moses were descendants of Jacob/Israel.
Exodus 7: Aaron to Speak for Moses
Moses is lacking so much confidence that he asks God if Aaron can speak to the Pharaoh instead. God gives this convoluted answer:
“You re to say everything I command yo, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgement I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites.”
So basically, God is purposefully having the Pharaoh say no so he’s able to bring wrath upon the land and prove his almightiness. That’s egotistical and seems like a lot more work than is necessary.
Moses and Aaron went to chat with the Pharaoh.
Pharaoh asked the brothers to perform a miracle, so Aaron did the whole staff-to-snake trick.
“Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake.”
As expected (and, frankly, caused by God), Pharaoh didn’t let the people go.
God told Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh, wave their hands and staffs (staves?) above the water and the water would turn to blood, the fish will die, the river will stink, and the water will be undrinkable.
And so it was.
But again, the Egyptian magicians were able to do the same thing so the Pharaoh didn’t budge.
Moses Gets All the Credit
The story of Moses is one I remember from childhood. We even sung a song that went, “Pharaoh, Pharaoh, oh baby, let my people go, huh. Yea, yea, yea, yea.” And there was a sweet dance that went along with it. (No, there will not be a video of that.)
But when I learned the story, it was all about Moses. I don’t recall hearing much, if anything, about Aaron. In the text of the Bible, though, Aaron seems to play just as big of a role as Moses.
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