3. a. Exodus 8:26 It’s interesting that some translations of this verse say the Hebrews’ sacrificial animals are sacred to the Egyptians while others say they are offensive, detestable, or abominable. Most versions use the latter interpretation which seems more likely.
When Joseph’s family first came to Egypt, they were given land in Goshen, away from the Egyptians because they were shepherds.
- he didn’t know the Hebrews’ God.
- he had no fear or respect for the Hebrews’ God. (Considering the miserable plight of the Hebrews, he saw little reason to.)
- he considered himself a more important god than the God of the Hebrews’.
- he didn’t want them refreshed by a rest break.
- perhaps he though they would come back with armed allies and conquer Egypt.
- perhaps he thought they wouldn’t come back at all, so he would lose his work-force.
- perhaps he thought, “what if their God is a force to be reckoned with and is appeased by the sacrifice?”
- The foremen were responsible for relaying Pharaoh’s demands.
- The foremen were responsible to see that the Hebrew slaves met Pharaoh’s demands, even if the demands were unrealistic.
- The foremen were held responsible for failure to meet quotas.
- The foremen feared being beaten or killed.
- The foremen feared the Hebrew slaves would be beaten even more severely or killed.
- The foremen may have feared being replaced by an Egyptian who had no compassion for the Hebrews.