Bricks Without Straw

Exodus 5

(paraphrased)

Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “The Lord says: ‘Let my people go.’ ”  Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord?  I don’t know Him.  So, om, no.”  The king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their job?  Get back to your work!”  That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and foremen in charge of the people:

“You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.  But require them to make the same number of bricks as before.  They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’  Make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”

The slave drivers and the foremen went out and told the people.  The Israelite foremen appointed by Pharaoh’s slave drivers were beaten and were asked, “Why didn’t you meet your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?”  Then the Israelite foremen went and appealed to Pharaoh: “Why have you treated your servants this way?  Your servants are given no straw, yet we’re told to make bricks!  Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people.” 

Pharaoh said, “Lazy!  You are lazy!  That is why you keep saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’  Now get to work.  You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.”

When the Israelite foremen left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them, and they said, “May the Lord judge you!  You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”

Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why have you brought trouble upon this people?  Is this why you sent me?  Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon these people, and you’ve not rescued your people at all.”

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Author: Carol B Sessums

I'm a person just like you who wants to find ways to better my life - not to just better myself, but to become extraordinary and to love my life.

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