Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron about the Israelites and Pharaoh king of Egypt, and He commanded them to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.” –Exodus 6:13
You may read Exodus 6:14-7:13 here: Gateway Bible.
Genealogy of Moses and Aaron
God’s chosen team to lead His people out from slavery is introduced in this first section. Even though only four generations are recorded during the Israelites 400 year period in Egypt, God’s faithfulness shines in the preservation of Moses’ and Aaron’s family line. This family tree also identifies Moses’ and Aaron’s identity more firmly.
Many scholars believe that the Egyptian names recorded here—like Putiel and Phinehas—show the close connection the Israelites would always have with Egypt.
Aaron: Moses’ Mouthpiece
God likens Moses’ relationship with his brother Aaron to God and His prophet. Aaron would speak for Moses in part because of Moses’ doubt in his own communication skills. Moses will realize later the frustration this relationship can render (chapter 32).
Instead of requesting a temporary desert leave to commune with God—as last time—Aaron is to increase the demand to Pharaoh: Release the Israelites from Egypt.
A Hardened Heart and Slithering Snakes
Both God and Pharaoh play a big role in Israel’s deliverance story. God foretells Moses that Pharaoh will harden his heart, which will lead to the Egyptians’ sorrow, destruction and defeat at the Red Sea.
God gives Moses and Aaron the miracle of turning the staff into a snake. This demonstrates not only His power, but also the appointing and anointing of Moses. Although Pharaoh’s sorcerers copy this miracle, God shows who holds the greater power and authority when Aaron’s staff swallows all of their staffs.
Now that would be a sight to see!
Even though God made Moses a powerful person who deserved his audience, Pharaoh—who considered himself a god—refuses Moses’ request, just as God had said.
Pharaoh’s focus was on the miracle instead of the message. While miracles help us believe, it’s dangerous to rely solely on them. Satan can copy some parts of God’s work and lead people astray. However, Satan’s imitations are inferior to God’s work and power. Satan—a copycat and liar—is a master of disguising himself as light (2 Cor. 11:14). But his works eventually lead to disharmony, chaos, and eternal death.
Fortunately, we have God’s Word as a foundation for our faith. Any message or miracle that contradicts God’s teaching from His Word is not endorsed by Him. His final Word, recorded in the Bible, is His Son.
Hebrews 1:1-2 says, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”
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