God promises to deliver the Israelites from slavery.
1. What does the LORD tell Moses that he will do to Pharaoh?
v 1 The LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh, for by a strong hand he shall let them go, and by a strong hand he shall drive them out of his land.”
2. What does the LORD say he will do for the Israelites?
v 6 to 8 ... 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 an outstretched arm, and with great judgements.
I will take you to myself for a people.
I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it to you for a heritage: I am the LORD.'"
3. Why does Moses think that Pharaoh will not take any notice of him this time?
v 12 ... the children of Israel haven’t listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me ...
- v 1 to 6 The LORD tells Moses that He will use a strong hand to release the Israelites from bondage. He reminds Moses that he made a covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to give them the land of Canaan. He will bring the people out of bondage with great judgements
- v 7 and 8 The LORD will make them his people and they will know that he is their God who delivers them from their bondage
- v 9 to 13 Moses is not convinced that Pharaoh will listen when God tells him to ask Pharaoh a second time to let the Israelites go. Nevertheless, the LORD insists that he speak to both the Israelites and Pharaoh
- v 14 to 27 Information about 3 sons of Jacob and in particular Moses' and Aaron's descent from Levi
v 28 to 30 The LORD tells Moses to tell Pharaoh all that he has told him. Moses is again doubtful that Pharaoh will listen to him