Life of Moses Lesson 4 Day 2

Photo Credit Aaron Burden (Creative Commons)

Photo Credit Aaron Burden (Creative Commons)

My answers to study questions for BSF Life of Moses Exodus 5:1-14

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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 abominableMost 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.

Either way, the Egyptians would find the Hebrew sacrifices offensive.

b.  Exodus 5:1-3 “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go…or else He may strike us with plague or sword.”

I think their request was reasonable. The Hebrews had served the Egyptians as slaves for years. They had now been in Egypt for 400 years. In all that time, it seems they didn’t perform sacrifices. If God commanded them to do so now, they didn’t know what might happen if they disobeyed.

A plague in Egypt would be a bad thing. Even if it only touched the Hebrews, Pharaoh could lose his entire work-force.

c.  Pharaoh did not want to let them go because—

  • 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?”
4.  a.  The slave drivers were Egyptians. The foreman where Hebrews.

b.  Reasons the Hebrew foremen may have been reluctant to stand up for their own people at first—

  •  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.
 The scripture reference links in this lesson are HCSB unless otherwise noted.


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