With the elders now on board, Moses and Aaron go to meet Pharaoh. They say to him that God has a message: “Let my people go…

Moses speaks to Pharaoh by James Tissot, 1896-1900

Moses speaks to Pharaoh by James Tissot, 1896-1900

The part that ol’ Louis leaves out, however, is that Moses and Aaron continued: “…that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness” (Exod. 5:1). For those moral purists out there, this is God explicitly commanding someone to lie, fyi.

Well Pharaoh knows about a lot of Gods, but he doesn’t know about this one, and he has no intention of letting every single Hebrew off work for three days to sacrifice to him. Clearly, if the Hebrews have enough time to sit around thinking about gods, they need more work to do! So Pharaoh tells his taskmasters to stop providing straw for the Hebrews to make bricks with, let them instead gather it themselves in addition to keeping up with the number of bricks they make. “Let heavier work be laid upon the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to lying words” (Exodus 5:9).

When the Hebrews fail to keep up with the brick orders, they are beaten. So the foremen of the Hebrews come to Moses and Aaron and say: “The Lord look upon you and judge, because you have made us offensive in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us” (Exod. 5:21).

Moses, forgetting that God had told him that Pharaoh would refuse this offer, turns to God and says: “Why hast thou done evil to this people? Why didst thou ever send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he has done evil to this people, and thou hast not delivered thy people at all” (Exod. 5:22-23).

Tune in next time for part six of this exciting adventure! Ka-Pow!