God Afflicts in Love (Ex. 5:1-6:30)

Full of optimistic anticipation, Moses and Aaron marched up to Pharaoh and demanded on behalf of God that the Israelite people be let go. But Pharaoh had other plans, and soon the hopes of the people were crushed beneath the weight of increasingly harsh conditions. Yet as we consider the suffering of the Israelite people, we can learn that God does not withhold his love from those he leads into the suffering. Rather, he afflicts his people because he loves.

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