God’s Response to Moses
Moses is also upset by the turn of events. While he shouldn’t have expected Pharaoh to free the people, he certainly didn’t expect what did happen. The people came to Moses complaining. Consequently, he went to God with the complaint. One wonders how much of Moses’ problem was related to the fact that what happened made him look bad. He said, not only had the burden of the people gotten worse, but “God, you haven’t freed them yet.” Moses should have known better, but the pressure being put on him was causing him to lose his confidence in the Lord. He was looking at the waves rather than God.
I suspect that some of our greatest pressures come from our concern how others see us, rather than the reality of our situation. Often, on our own, we seem to be able to depend on the Lord. But when someone puts the pressure on us, “Why is God putting you through this?,” we get embarrassed and turn around and say, “Why God?” Moses constantly got in trouble because of his reactions to the weakness of the people.
God did not get angry at Moses at this point for His doubt, but simply tells him what He intended to do. He reassured Moses that because of who He is, the time was coming when the Pharaoh would let the people go.
“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
In fact, the Lord noted that not only will the King let the people go, but he would actually drive them out because of His acts.
God once again reminded Moses who He is: the God of the Covenant; the God of his fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God had heard the cries of the people, and as He promised in the Covenant, He was prepared to free the people from their sufferings.
One reason we fail in our walk, is we forget who God is. We take Him for granted. This is the reason we constantly need to study the Word, so as not to lose sight of God’s Majesty and Power, the Creator of all things, the One who has provided the way for our Salvation.
“Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand” (Psalms 95:1–7)
Having comforted Moses, the Lord sent him to reassure the people. The message was the same. God is their God, and He would free them from Pharaoh’s hands. What was even more important in the message was the promise of a relationship between God and the people. He was their God, and they would know this because He would free them. He again reminded them He would do this because of the promise He had made to their fathers.
Unfortunately, when Moses took this message to the people, they didn’t want to hear it. They were discouraged because of circumstances. Aren’t there times when a brother or sister comes to us with words of encouragement, and we simply don’t want to hear them? Well, the people feel the same way. So God sent Moses to Pharaoh again. And Moses, being discouraged himself, didn’t believe the King would listen, if the people wouldn’t.
It is on this note of discouragement, that Moses ends this section of his account. The next is a recap of all that has occurred prior to the record of the plagues that fall on Egypt.