You know the story in Exodus 5 about how Pharoah hardened the people’s task by making the same quota of bricks as before but this time the people of Israel could not use straw which helped bond the clay and the mud to make a solid brick. This was too much for the Israelites and they became enraged with Moses (God too?)…listen to their piercing words:
“May the Lord look upon you and judge you! You have made us a stench to Pharoah and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” (5:21)
Their slavery was hard and their oppression was great but at least they could manage it but now this radical named Moses has stirred the pot and now the people will have to go through so much more in order to be free. This gets to Moses and he laments:
“O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharoah to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” (5:22-23)
Have you ever felt this way? We are not oppressed like the people of Israel but often we are quick to judge the Lord’s response time based on our impatience. Sometimes we just like the way things have always been. When the Lord does something to one of us and causes us to do things differently we do not enjoy this new “blessing” because it has done nothing but brought grief and trouble.
New things are sometimes paradoxical in application because it is both good and bad. Perhaps the new things God does in our lives are neither good nor they are bad…it is God’s will. Why does God’s will have to be one or the other? God reminded Moses of his covenant and these words provided assurance for Moses:
“…I will redeem you with an outstreched arm…” (6:6)