Exodus 5-6

Chapter 5 begins with Moses and Aaron's first encounter with Pharaoh. They 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 desert”'” (v. 1).

Pharaoh hardened his heart and responded, ''Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go?'” Then Pharaoh said, ''Why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!'” (v. 5).

That same day Pharaoh ordered the slave drivers not to supply the people with straw to make bricks. ''Let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don't reduce their quota'” (vv. 7-8). Pharaoh said the Hebrews were lazy! He told the slave drivers to make them work harder. Pharaoh thought that if they had time to think about going to worship God, they had time to get straw for themselves.

When the Israelites didn't meet their quota of bricks the Israelite foremen were beaten by the Egyptian slave drivers. Then the Israelite foremen went to Pharaoh and asked him why the same amount of bricks was being required. Pharaoh said, ''Lazy, that's what you are—lazy! That is why you keep saying, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.” Now get to work'” (vv. 17-18).

When the foremen left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them. They were angry because they thought Moses and Aaron had brought this trouble on them.

'Moses returned to the Lord and said, 'Why have you brought trouble upon this people?'” (5:22). God responded, ''Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh'” (6:1). God told Moses that he would see God's mighty hand and that Pharaoh would let His people go. God also told Moses that He had heard the groans of His people and He did remember His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He instructed Moses to tell the Israelites that He would get them out of Egypt.

So Moses reported this to the Israelite leaders, but they were discouraged and would not listen to him (6:9).

When the Lord told Moses to go tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, Moses said, ''If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?'” (6:12).

In verse 29 the Lord told Moses, ''I am the Lord. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I tell you.'”

In spite of what Moses thought of himself and his abilities, he had the all-powerful God on his side! God had promised to deliver His people from Egypt, and He always keeps His promises.

When we take our problems to God in prayer, He will guide us and help us through any difficulties we may face. He doesn't always answer according to our timing, but He will always help us. Our part is to trust Him and obey.

Read the two chapters carefully, and then fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.

Exodus 5 to 6 Worksheet

Moses and Aaron said to _______, ''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 ______”'” (5:1).

Instead of letting them go, Pharaoh told the slave drivers not to supply the people with _____ to make bricks. But the people were still required to make the same ______ of bricks as before (5:7-8).

When the Israelites didn't meet their quota of bricks the Israelite _______ were beaten (5:14).

The foremen were angry because they thought _____ and _____ had brought this trouble on them.

'Moses returned to the ____ and said, 'Why have you brought trouble upon this ______?'” (5:22).

God told Moses that because of God's mighty hand, Pharaoh would _____ the Israelites out of Egypt (6:1).

God also told Moses that He had heard the ________ of His people and He did remember His covenant (6:2-5).

He instructed Moses to tell the Israelites that He would get them out of _____ and bring them to the ____ He had promised them (6:6-8).

The Lord told _____, ''Go tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go'” (6:10-11).

Moses said, ''If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with _________ lips?'” (6:12).

The Lord told Moses, ''I am the Lord. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt __________ I tell you'” (6:29).

In spite of what Moses thought of his abilities, he had the ___-________ God on his side!

God had promised to deliver His people from Egypt, and He always keeps His _________.

When we take our problems to God in ______, He will guide us and help us.

Memory Verse: 'My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you—I, whom you have redeemed” (Psalm 71:23).


Exodus 5 to 6
Go to the Word 

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

Exodus 5:20                             Exodus 6:12                             Exodus 6:8                   Exodus 6:3

Exodus 5:13                             Exodus 6:27                             Exodus 5:1                   Exodus 5:4

 

'But Moses said to the Lord, 'If the __________ will not listen to me, why            Exodus ______

would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?'”

 

''I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God _______, but by my   Exodus ______

name the Lord I did not make myself known to them.'”

 

'The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, '________ the work required            Exodus ______

of you for each day, just as when you had straw.'”

 

'When they left _______, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet             Exodus ______

them.”
 

'They were the ones who spoke to _______ king of Egypt about bringing                        Exodus ______

the Israelites out of Egypt. It was the same _____ and _____.”

 

'But the king of _____ said, 'Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the               Exodus ______

people away from their labor? Got back to your _____!'”

 

'Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, 'This is what the                        Exodus ______

____, the God of Israel, says: 'Let my people go, so that they may hold a

________ to me in the desert.”'”

 

''And I will bring you to the land I swore with ________ hand to give to              Exodus ______

Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a __________. I am

the Lord.'”