Men of the Bible - Part Twenty-one
Moses and Aaron and the Recalcitrant Pharaoh
As retold in rhyme by Bob Dunham
Based upon Exodus, Chapters Four through Ten.
Moses and Aaron traveled to Egypt. They met with the Israelites first.
They convinced them that God was with them, that he would assuage their thirst
For freedom from the slavery and the harsh treatment, from the terrible strife.
They promised to take them out of Egypt to a new and better life.
Then the two went to Pharaoh and said, “Let my people go.”
They told him it was the command of their God. The Lord wouldn’t accept a “no”,
So, he had better agree and set the Israelites free.
The Pharaoh scoffed and said, “Your God means nothing to me.”
Rather than free the slaves, he ordered the overseers to increase their demands,
Demands impossible to meet. There were not enough supplies or enough hands
To accomplish what the Pharaoh now required. He was evil personified.
The Israelites were beaten and discouraged. They went to Moses and cried,
“You have made things even worse for us than they were before.”
They no longer rejoiced. The Pharaoh laughed not knowing what was in store
For him and the Egyptian people because he refused to acquiesce to the Lord.
What was to come he couldn’t battle with his might or a sword.
The Lord visited upon Egypt one plague after another.
No Egyptian was spared, no child, no father or mother.
There was the plague that turned all of the water into blood,
More devastating than even a rampaging flood.
There was the plague of frogs that seemed to be everywhere
Followed by flies that swarmed over everyone and caused great despair.
There were many more plagues; Pharaoh still refused to let the Israelites go.
Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, but the Lord had one more devastating blow.