- God had called Moses and promised deliverance to the people. Why did he delay so long in fulfilling his promise? What did Moses learn from these difficult experiences and delays?
- Why was Pharaoh so confident and so adamant in disobeying God’s command? See particularly 7:11-13, 22, 23. How does this king of opposition to God show itself now? Cf. 2 Tim. 3:1-9.
Note.6:12. ‘Of uncircumcised lips’: uncircumcision symbolizes unfitness for God’s presence, and hence, more generally, unfitness for his service. Cf. 4:10.
- What is mentioned in this chapter as the double purpose of the plagues? Cf. Is. 45:22-25; Rom. 1:18.
- What new evidence are given of God’s power, and how would these encourage the Israelites?
Note. Verse 26. A reference to the sacrifice in Israelite worship of bulls, cows or oxen, which in Egypt were sacred to Isis and therefore sacrosanct
- How does Pharaoh’s attitude show the difference between sorrow for the consequences of sin and true repentance?
- Contrast the nature and the consequences both of faith in God’s word, and of unbelief, as illustrated in this chapter.