Summary of passage: Moses goes to the Lord and relays his people’s increased troubles from Pharaoh due to Moses’ talk with Pharaoh. He asks God why the trouble and why has he been sent.
6a) “Why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me?”
b) He is angry that the people have once again turned against him. He is pained by their suffering as well. He probably feels guilty that it’s because of his words that the people suffer more. He is probably saddened by it all.
7a) Personal Question. My answer: When I do for others over my family like teaching for example.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Pray and ask God just like Moses did for understanding and guidance.
Conclusions: One of the shortest lessons ever by BSF. I like the example Moses sets here: ask God why. Nothing wrong with that. Ask God for wisdom and guidance and understanding. You may not get it, but just by praying you’ll get something. Lay your doubts before Him and He will allay them. This shows faith.
What Moses did wrong we see in the first verses of Chapter 6: God repeats himself His promise again from Exodus 3:19-20. Moses forgets what God has told him. I think Moses thought “Great! God is with me and I’ll just march down to Egypt, tell Pharaoh to let my people go, and we’ll just waltz out there happy as can be.” He underestimated the growth the people (and himself) still had to do before their faith would be sufficient to survive the march to the Promised Land. He didn’t fully understand God (who does, right?) and His ways.
End Notes: Moses doubts himself. Again. Poor Moses. He must have really low self-esteem. Any old setback and he doubts. “Why me, God?” You can almost hear God hit Moses over the head. “This is why, Moses! Cause you doubt still!”
This should be a comfort to us all. Even Moses–who has a direct line to God–doubts. And even Moses is tested.
No one ever said walking in faith was easy. Moses demonstrates this. Yet we are about to see all the great things God will do with him as he surrenders more and more to God’s will.