Exodus 5 Outline
– Moses and Aaron confronted Pharaoh and ask him to release the Israelites but Pharaoh refused (Exodus 5:1-5)
– Pharaoh accused the Israelites of being lazy and increased their workload and forced them to make bricks without straw (Exodus 5:6-9)
– The slave drivers beat the Israelite foremen (Exodus 5:10-14)
– The Israelite foremen appealed to Pharaoh and Pharaoh rebuked them as lazy (Exodus 5:15-18)
– The Israelites blamed Moses for the increase workload (Exodus 5:19-21)
– Moses cried out to God about the sufferings of the Israelites (Exodus 5:22-23)
Exodus 5 Summary
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and commanded him to let the Israelites go but Pharaoh said he do not know the Lord and he refused to let them go. He accused them of being lazy so he decided to make their work harder so that they will not pay attention to the lies. Pharaoh increased the quote of the Israelites and demanded that they make bricks without providing them with straw. The Israelites were unable to meet their quotas and the slave drivers beat the Israelites foremen because they were unable to meet the quota like before.
Then, the Israelites foremen went to Pharaoh and complained that it was the wrong the Egyptians that they were unable to meet the quota because straw was not provided to make the bricks. Pharaoh replied it was the laziness of the people that make them say they want to go to sacrifice to the Lord. When the Israelites foremen heard this, they knew they were in trouble and they blamed Moses that it was all his faults that Pharaoh had brought this upon them. In turn, Moses cried out to God to save the Israelites.
Exodus 5 Bible Study
1. Turn to God for Help
When the Israelites foremen were beaten by Pharaoh, they did not look to God to get their problems solved but they looked to Pharaoh for help. In turn, Pharaoh rebuked them as lazy. When you face problem, you should fully trust in God and let him help you. Jesus said all who are weary and burdened can come to him and he will give them rest (Matthew 11:28-30). We must surrender our problems to God and let God take our yokes. In Philippians 4:6, we should not be anxious about anything but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. In Proverbs 3:6, acknowledge God’s ways and he will make your path straight.
2. Trust in God
When the Israelites complained against Moses, Moses cried out to God. Moses still had unbelief. God already told Moses that he would harden Pharaoh’s heart so that he will be stubborn and refuse to let the Israelites go. We must trust in God’s promise. God always do what he said so we should not worry but just trust in him. Faith is hope in substances that are not seen (Hebrews 11:1; Romans 8:24).