Exodus 5–7: On Slowed-Down Wifi and Waiting in a Two-Hour Line Before Space Mountain (Bible Talk, Ep. 23)

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By the end of Exodus 7, the Lord has brought the first plague against Egypt. But before we get there, Moses makes us wait. In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Exodus 5–7.


2:49 / Pharaoh tells Moses, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go?”

4:45 / Pharaoh is so not interested in the rest that Moses wants to give Israel that he takes rest from them.

7:51 / Why do the Israelites turn on Moses and Aaron, after initially worshiping God?

9:09 / How is Moses’ complaint to God a prayer of faith?

11:57 / What’s the point of chapter six? Why the repetition?

17:22 / What does it mean for Pharaoh to have “uncircumcised lips?”

19:17 / Sam and Jim find joy in Moses and Aaron’s genealogy.

24:32 / Why does the Lord use ten plagues as the means of defeating the Egyptians, rather than wiping them out instantaneously?

26:42 / Jim walks through the three different ways the Lord hardens Pharaoh’s heart.

29:31 / Aaron’s staff becomes a serpent, according to the word of the Lord.

32:31 / How did Pharaoh’s magicians turn their staffs into serpents?

36:24 / Is there anything noteworthy about the ten plagues in particular?

40:19 / How do you get to Jesus from a passage like this?


Image: Moses and Aaron Changing the Rivers of Egypt to Blood, Bartholomeus Breenbergh (1598–1657)

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