Moses questions, even accuses God. “O Lord, why have You done this evil to this people? Why did you ever send me?” (Exodus 5:22, ESV) Moses is disturbed because Pharaoh commands that the people of Israel make as many bricks as usual — i.e. they must meet their previous quota — only now without straw being provided. Pharaoh commands this impossible task to punish Moses and Aaron for telling him that God wants His people to come into the wilderness so “that they may hold a feast to Me.” (Exodus 5:1)
Pharaoh calls the people of Israel lazy liars — “lying” and “idle.” (Exodus 5:9,17) The people turn on Moses, saying, “You make us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and put a sword in their hand to kill us.” (Exodus 5:21)
And Moses turns on God.
And God tells Moses, “See, I make you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron is your prophet. You are to speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land. But I am to harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply My signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, Pharaoh is not going to listen to you. Then I am to lay My hand on Egypt and bring My hosts, My people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment. The Egyptians are to know that I Am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.” (Exodus 7:1-5)
Ten plagues later, Pharaoh still refuses to let the people of Israel go out from Egypt, just as God says. And God delivers Israel from “the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment.” No doubt, both the Egyptians and the people of Israel discover God is the Lord of all.
Dear Heavenly Father, open our eyes that we may understand that Your ways are not our ways, that sometimes Your plans are difficult for us to fully comprehend. Help us to remember that You are perfect, and that everything You plan is perfect. Give us the ability to trust You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.