Exodus 6 vs. 1-12 with Betty

 Then the Lord said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.

2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord:

3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.

4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.

5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the Lord.

9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.

10 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

11 Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.

12 And Moses spake before the Lord, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?

K.J.V. Bible Text

My thoughts:

Moses complained to the Lord that because of  requesting Pharaoh to allow the people to go out into the wilderness to sacrifice, the Pharaoh had grown harder with them and that the Lord had not rescued them.

God reminded Moses that he had appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as God almighty and that to them he had given the land of Canaan.  God then tells Moses he has remembered that covenant and that he will bring the people out of the land of the Egypt where they were now slaves.

He said he had sent Moses to tell the Israelites that he would free them and take them out of Egypt and lead them to the land he promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The scripture says, “9 Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.”

Next the Lord told Moses to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country, but Moses is concerned, asking, “Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?”

Note: another bible translations says “faltering lips.”

Did Moses have a speak impediment or stutter?  This seems likely to me from what is said and because he needed Aaron’s help to communicate with others.  However, even a man with a quick-silver tongue would have trepidation here.  The Israelites like the idea of a land of their own, but they lack the will to endure the wrath of Pharaoh.  Pharaoh is secure in his power and is not interested in the demands of the Lord of the Israelites.  Moses must have felt, as we sometimes say, that he was between a rock and a hard place.

Betty Killebrew

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