Exodus Chapter 6

At this point, Moses and Aaron have gone to Pharaoh as they were commanded by God. They asked him to allow the Israelites to go free so that they could worship God. Pharaoh denied this request, just as the Lord told Moses he would do. In addition, he added heavier burdens to the children of Israel because of this request. The book of Exodus continues as follows:

1 Then the Lord said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.
2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord:
3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.
5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the Lord.


The Lord told Moses what he would see what the Lord would do to Pharaoh now that he had denied them their freedom to worship. The things that were to come, were known to the Lord. He knew that Pharaoh would not initially let them go, but that because of the work of God, Pharaoh would drive them out of his land. The Lord told Moses that he was Jehovah, and he had been the one who had appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I think this is the first written indication that Jesus the Christ, was the God of the old testament. It seems that He was assuring Moses that he was the same God who his ancestors knew and worshipped. He was the same God, who blessed them and made sacred covenants with them. The Lord told Moses to tell the people that he would deliver them from the bondage of the Egyptians, redeem them, be their God, and lead them to the land of their inheritance.

9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
10 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
11 Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.
12 And Moses spake before the Lord, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?
13 And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

Moses went and did as he was told, but the people would not listen because of the hardships of their life under Egyptian rule. Moses was commanded again to tell Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go free. Moses questioned Pharaoh listening to him since even the covenant people would not listen to him and he still felt he was not very good at speaking. Moses and Aaron were given the responsibility from God, to be over His people and to bring them out of the land of Egypt. I don’t think this meant a charge as a ruler, but rather as one with a calling as a leader to the people. They were to be their priesthood leaders with authority from God to guide them out of bondage.

A Family Tree

A Family Tree

14 These be the heads of their fathers’ houses: The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel; Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi: these be the families of Reuben.
15 And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman: these are the families of Simeon.
16 And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari: and the years of the life of Levi were an hundred thirty and seven years.
17 The sons of Gershon; Libni, and Shimi, according to their families.
18 And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: and the years of the life of Kohath were an hundred thirty and three years.
19 And the sons of Merari; Mahali and Mushi: these are the families of Levi according to their generations.
20 And Amram took him Jochebed his father’s sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven years.
21 And the sons of Izhar; Korah, and Nepheg, and Zichri.
22 And the sons of Uzziel; Mishael, and Elzaphan, and Zithri.
23 And Aaron took him Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, sister of Naashon, to wife; and she bare him Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
24 And the sons of Korah; Assir, and Elkanah, and Abiasaph: these are the families of the Korhites.
25 And Eleazar Aaron’s son took him one of the daughters of Putiel to wife; and she bare him Phinehas: these are the heads of the fathers of the Levites according to their families.
26 These are that Aaron and Moses, to whom the Lord said, Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies.
27 These are they which spake to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt: these are that Moses and Aaron.

Here we learn more of the genealogy of the children of Israel, and specifically how it relates to Moses and Aaron. The listed names were the children of Rueben, Simeon and Levi. These were the people that Moses and Aaron were given charge over. I think it was important that the Children of Israel know that their priesthood leaders were direct descendants of Levi, Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham and therefore acceptable men to be their religious leaders.

28 And it came to pass on the day when the Lord spake unto Moses in the land of Egypt,
29 That the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, I am the Lord: speak thou unto Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say unto thee.
30 And Moses said before the Lord, Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me?

Moses was commanded to speak as he was inspired by the Lord. Moses continued to question his ability to get Pharaoh to listen to him and do what he was asking. The Joseph Smith Translation in verse 30, goes back to Moses wondering what he could do since he was slow of speech. Moses lacked the confidence he felt that a man of his calling should have. This is another example which shows God chooses the weak and humble things of the world, to do that which is great and mighty. I am sure that knowing he was a direct descendant of Abraham, gave Moses some hope in being able to do the things that God asked of him. The examples of my ancestors have given me strength to know that even though I am no one of any significance, I can follow the inspiration that God has given me and do things that require faith and courage.

This chapter is a great reminder that keeping our family histories, especially journals, will help our posterity to have the faith they will need in times of trials and difficulties. I am so glad to have stories of my ancestors to help me find strength in this life. I hope that some day, the things I write will be a source of strength and comfort to those who come after me.


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