Exodus Chapter 5 showed us that God had to harden Pharaoh’s heart for God to push forward His agenda of making Moses a savior to the people. Did the Pharaoh have much choice? Doesn’t seem like it. Thus everything that comes after Exodus Chapter 5 in the Bible is the direct result of God hardening the Pharaoh’s heart. Had God not done that, who knows what would have happened? Would the world be a better place? Possibly. The story continues in Chapter 6, so let’s read on and find out what happens.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.’” – Exodus 6:1
Yes, but only because God hardened the Pharaoh’s heart first. The Pharaoh may very well have released Moses and his people on his own. There are two ways to look at this. Either the Pharaoh wasn’t going to release Moses, in which case there was no need for God to harden the Pharaoh’s heart, or the Pharaoh was going to release Moses. In that case, God is the one who causes all of this pain. Therefore, it is my conclusion that the Pharaoh was very willing to let Moses and his people leave. Because he was, God hardened the Pharaoh’s heart, making it impossible for the Pharaoh to do the right thing. Who’s the evil one in the Bible? All arrows point to God.
“Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.” – Exodus 6:5
Hmmm…it only took several centuries for God to give a damn.
“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.’” – Exodus 6:6
Why must God speak through others? God is all-powerful and can therefore speak on His own. God speaking on His own would make it very clear to the people. Instead, God speaks through others (supposedly) making His message very confusing. That’s not the sign of truly powerful God.
“Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.” – Exodus 6:10
Of course they didn’t! Who would believe one man? If someone today said this, no one, except the crazies, would believe him. Is God really this blind?
“But Moses said to the Lord, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?” – Exodus 6:12
Moses asks an excellent question. God doesn’t answer. The next several verses are a family history of Moses and Aaron.
“Amram married his father’s sister Jochebed, who bore him Aaron and Moses. Amram lived 137 years.” – Exodus 6:20
God once again breaks his covenant with Noah and allows a man to live past 120 years.
That concludes Exodus Chapter 6. God refuses to speak to the people. He wants Moses to speak for Him, but the people won’t listen. Duh. This chapter is one of many that makes it clear the biblical God is not one to be worshipped.