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Bible Commentaries

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary

Exodus 5

Verses 1-14

the Request to Worship Jehovah Answered by Oppression

Exodus 5:1-14

The bondage of Israel in Egypt is an apt type of our bondage to sin. See John 8:34-36 ; Romans 7:23-25 . The weary tyranny of our besetting sins; the imperious demands of Satan; the absence of all reward to our hopeless toils-these are striking points of analogy. Though we weep and struggle, there is no help for us but in God. No straw! No lessening of the tale of bricks! The charge of idleness! Cruel beatings! Deliverance apparently more distant than ever! But the darkest hour precedes dawn.

The hue and cry is always raised when a prisoner is escaping. The tyrant, who has so long held his prey, is not minded to surrender it without a struggle. The devil convulsed the child, as he was about to depart. Moreover, Israel must be taught to look beyond Moses or Aaron to the Eternal Jehovah.

Verses 15-23

Moses Appeals from Pharaoh to God

Exodus 5:15-23 ; Exodus 6:1

God’s way is to bring men to an end of themselves before He arises to their help. Our efforts to deliver ourselves only end in increasing our perplexities. The tale of bricks is doubled; the burdens augment; the strength of our purpose is broken; we are brought to the edge of despair. Probably this was the darkest hour in the life of the great leader. But from all the obloquy that was heaped on him, he took refuge in God. There is no other refuge for a limited man than “to return unto the Lord,” Exodus 5:22 . Return unto the Lord with your story of failure! Return unto Him for fresh instructions! Return unto Him with your appeal for his interposition! Be perfectly natural with your Heavenly Father! Humble yourself under His mighty hand! Even dare to reason with Him, saying: “ Why! ” Then the Lord will say to you, as to Moses: “Now thou shalt see what I will do.”

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Meyer, Frederick Brotherton. "Commentary on Exodus 5". "F. B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/fbm/exodus-5.html. 1914.