Bricks Without Straw
Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’”
2 Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”
3 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.”
4 But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!” 5 Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.”
6 That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: 7 “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. 8 But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’9 Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”
10 Then the slave drivers and the overseers went out and said to the people, “This is what Pharaoh says: ‘I will not give you any more straw. 11 Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reducedat all.’” 12 So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw. 13 The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, “Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw.” 14 And Pharaoh’s slave drivers beat the Israelite overseers they had appointed, demanding, “Why haven’t you met your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?”
15 Then the Israelite overseers went and appealed to Pharaoh: “Why have you treated your servants this way? 16 Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, ‘Make bricks!’ Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people.”
17 Pharaoh said, “Lazy, that’s what you are—lazy! That is why you keep saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ 18 Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.”
19 The Israelite overseers realized they were in trouble when they were told, “You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day.”20 When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them, 21 and they said, “May the Lord look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
God Promises Deliverance
22 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.”
Papa H said this morning it’s like a typical blame game going on. Everybody’s complaining!
1) Pharaoh is complaining to Moses about him wanting to take people away from work. Then he complains the Israelites are lazy!
2) The foreman are complaining because the Israelites weren’t working hard enough when they had to collect their own straw and not meeting quota.
3) The Israelites were complaining because they had to find their own straw, make the same amount of bricks and they were mad at Moses! They told him he was making a bad situation even worse and they hoped that God would punish him.
4) Moses was complaining to God, hey you sent me here, yet nothing is resolved… have you forgotten about us?
This happens sometimes. When things don’t go our way or the way that we expected them to go. The way God promised. We start to worry, complain, and doubt. What we thought would happen quickly ends up taking way longer than we thought. Not only that we have to work harder to achieve the same results, and it seems like obstacle after obstacle gets in the way. When we find ourselves in the midst of a mess we have to turn to God and plead our case in fervent prayer. It’s OK to go to God and say hey what’s going on please explain. Please show me what you want me to do.
Pharaoh was being unreasonable. The foreman were severe. The Israelites should’ve humble themselves before God yet they quarreled with the very people who would deliver them. Disappointment and disruption in plans should not drive us away from God even though we wonder why. Stay steadfast. Focus. Draw nearer not farther. Press in! When we try to get closer to Jesus, Satan will try to make things difficult for us. God does not forget us, he allows these tests to strengthen us and get us ready for the next season.
Is there something going on in your life where you feel God has forgotten you? Take heed of God‘s timing. Trust the test because deliverance is coming.
So today’s question is:
When you’re going through a difficult situation who are you listening to?
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