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Israelite slaves, yes; Moses, really?

August 6, 2011

Exodus 5:21-23 NLT and Habakkuk 1:5 NLT

Was reading this very interesting set of verses today.

Hebrew slaves go to plead with Pharaoh about the harsh treatment – of course. The are not privy to the big plan God has crafted and has begun to work out. They are just wanting (at least in Pharaoh’s presence) to keep the status quo. They have been crying out to the Lord for rescue and help is coming, but they can’t see the big picture, so they lash out. I get that.

However, Moses has been told! He knows the score and he knows what he is there to do! This is a “young” (in leadership only, as he was 80-ish at the time) Moses with a ton of self-confidence issues.  Another Hebrew gets on to him about what – in effect – he caused to happen by talking to Pharaoh @ God’s plans/requests/demands and now he is complaining to God too!

Makes me think of Habakkuk 1:5 – where God tells the prophet, “…you wouldn’t believe even if you were told.”

I’m certain that I would be in the same camp. In fact, I am, daily when I complain to the Lord after I forget His promises in the midst of my circumstances.  I’m thankful to have already been forgiven for this!

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