Moses and Aaron told the people of Israel all that God had said to Moses during his burning bush encounter. They performed the signs God gave them and Israel believed and worshipped God for remembering His people. Thus ended chapter four—a good, positive ending. One that would make a person believe that Moses’ mission was already a success. However, there was rocky water ahead.
Pharaoh was the most powerful ruler in the world during the days of Moses. His kingdom was vast and Egypt was at the height of its glory. And while the Pharaoh reigning during the time of Moses’ return to Egypt didn’t have the same paranoia about the Israelites as the previous one, he did recognize the usefulness of free labor and continued oppressing the Hebrews and enslaving them in hard manual labor.
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