And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:
And Aaron spake all the words which the Lord had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.
And the people believed: and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.
And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me int the wilderness.
And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.
And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the Lord our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
And the king of Egypt said unto them, wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.
And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from
And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmaster of the people, and their officers saying.
Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.
And the tale of the bricks which they did make heretofore ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish aught thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God
Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.
For over four hundred years Israel had been captives in Egypt. They were in bondage for generations. God did not forget them -He heard their prayers and He had a plan for their deliverance. Moses fled to the desert, he spent 40 years in the desert. Moses met with God and God sent him to deliver the Israel. God became Angry when Moses insisted that he could not speak to the people, that the people would not listen to him. God called Aaron to speak the words for Moses. The words that God gave to Moses- Moses would give to Aaron to speak.
Moses and Aaron speak to the elders and children of Israel of God's plan for deliverance and the people believe and rejoice that God has heard their prayers. They worshipped God.
Then Moses and Aaron go before Pharoah and told Pharoah that God said let my people come into the desert to worship me. Pharoah said no and not only did he say no but put even a greater burden upon the people.
What happens when we have spent many years praying and then suddenly we have reason to believe that God has heard our prayer. We rejoice, we praise and worship God. Perhaps we brag on God to all who would listen. Then something happens that opposes what we believed God was doing and speaking to us and through us. The enemy of our souls defies God and creates havoc in our life. What do we do when it appears the enemy had won?