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Today we are starting a new series based on the book of Exodus, that reveals God’s concern for His people.

The series is titled “The God Who Reveals Himself in Times of Need”

Today we are discussing When Discouragement Comes


Exodus 5:22-23 (AMP)

22 Then Moses turned again to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have You brought harm and oppression to this people? Why did You ever send me? [I cannot understand Your purpose!] 

23 Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has harmed and oppressed this people, and You have done nothing at all to rescue Your people.”

Scripture Reading

Exodus 5:1-23 (AMP)


Nothing hurts so badly as having excitement suddenly affected by disappointment.

Moses knew the hurt of disappointment.

Soon after he settled the matter of God’s call to him and of his negative attitude, he went to Pharaoh.

The first attempt was met with a setback.

Our text reflects an anguished cry of discouragement. 

Exodus 5:22 (AMP)

22 Then Moses turned again to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have You brought harm and oppression to this people? Why did You ever send me? [I cannot understand Your purpose!]

Have you ever experienced any type of discouragement?

Let’s look at the causes of Moses’ discouragement and see if we can receive help.

  1. We are discouraged when a person rejects our God. 
  1. The presentation of the great God.

Moses and Aaron were granted an audience with pharaoh.

They requested that he allow the Hebrews to go and hold a feast in the wilderness.

Exodus 5:1 (AMP)

Israel’s Labor Increased

5 Afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go, so that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’”

The word for feast comes from a Hebrew word that means “to make a pilgrimage.”

Moses and Aaron presented the greatness of a God who wanted His people t follow Him.

Modern Christians need a boldness akin to that of Moses and Aaron.

Without apology or without being ashamed, we need to present the true and living God to a secular society.

B. The audacious rejection of God.

Pharaoh’s answer to Moses and Aaron was one of contempt.

Exodus 5:2 (AMP)

2 But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go.”

Pharaoh did not know or acknowledge the power of God.

Nothing causes greater disappointment than when people reject our God.

Jesus knew this disappointment.

Often He presented God as the loving heavenly Father, and people refused to be His children.

What a disappointment!

2. We are discouraged when the world retaliates.

  1. The worlds scorn of God’s people.

Because of Pharaoh’s hate of the Lord, he scorned God’s people.

He assigned impossible quotas for making bricks.

When a quota was not met, the Israelite foreman was beaten by the Egyptian task master.

Scorn for God leads to disrespect for God’s creation.

Rejecting God leads to a persecution of God’s people.

God is intimately bound with His people.

To persecute His people is to hurt Him.

B. The worlds injustices to people.

Having to meet an unreasonable quota of bricks discouraged the Hebrews as well as Moses and Aaron.

In addition to making the bricks, the Hebrews also had to gather the straw to make them.

Pharaoh had no sense of responsibility for reasoning fairly.

His cruelties and injustices chilled the enthusiasm of Moses and Aaron.

Nothing brings more discouragement to a person than seeing God’s people treated unjustly.

When the world retaliates with ruthless cruelty, we tend to become discouraged.

3. We are discouraged when our own people renounce our leadership.

  1. Opposition from without causes groaning from within.

The Israelite foreman complained to Pharaoh, but they could find no relief.

Finding no help there, the foreman met Moses and Aaron and blamed them for their difficulties.

Exodus 5:21 (AMP)

21 And the foremen said to them, “May the Lord look upon you and judge you, because you have made us odious (something hated) in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and you have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”

Oppression from the outside caused restlessness in the Hebrew camp.

The world’s anger makes a Christian tired.

At these times it is easy to have division and complaints within the group.

B. The lack of unity discourages leaders.

Nothing caused any more discouragement to Moses’ mission than the disunity among his people.

Because of Pharaoh’s opposition and the people’s grumbling, Moses accused God.

This is the ultimate in discouragement.

When life hands us disappointments, we have a tendency to be discouraged and may find ourselves lashing out at God.


Look at the man Moses.

After his enthusiastic confrontation with Pharaoh, he became discouraged.

The Lord dealt with him and promised to be with him.

That same God can help you with anything that causes you to be discouraged.

Until next time

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