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Exodus 5:2 But Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and besides, I will not let Israel go."

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      2. And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord--rather "Jehovah." Lord was a common name applied to objects of worship; but Jehovah was a name he had never heard of. Pharaoh estimated the character and power of this God by the abject and miserable condition of the worshippers and concluded that He held as low a rank among the gods as His people did in the nation. To demonstrate the supremacy of the true God over all the gods of Egypt, was the design of the plagues.
      I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go--As his honor and interest were both involved he determined to crush this attempt, and in a tone of insolence, or perhaps profanity, rejected the request for the release of the Hebrew slaves.

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Brief Summary: Moses and Aaron ask Pharaoh to free Israel, Pharaoh's response is: Who is the LORD?, Pharaoh places heavier burdens on the children of Israel.

Outline
1 Pharaoh chides Moses and Aaron for their message
5 Pharaoh increases the Israelites' tasks
15 Pharaoh derides their complaints
20 They cry out against Moses and Aaron
22 Moses complains to God

Ancient Customs
Feast to Me
the desert
sacrifice
taskmasters
officers
straw to make brick
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EGYPTIAN BRICKS
HARD LABOR A PUNISHMENT

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The Temple of No-Amun at Karnak

Air Photo of the Temple of No-Amun at Karnak

The Temple of Amun at Karnak. This Temple was erected by the pharaohs of the Bible. It is interesting that the Temple of Amun at Karnak was the most important place of worship in ancient Egypt for six centuries from 1550 BC. Today there is a breathtaking display of archaeological remains on the east bank of the Nile, at the site of Thebes, the glory and capital of Egypt from the. Of the 18th Dynasty. It is called No in the Bible, but it is the Temple of No-Amun, the local deity of Thebes who was later identified as Ra the sun-god. In this aerial view of the Temple noticed the to obelisks, these were set up to the Jubilee of Queen Hatshepsut, the Queen that many scholars have identified as the one who rescued Moses in the Nile River.

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Photo of the Sinai Wilderness

Ancient Topics
Pharaoh

Ancient People
Moses, Aaron, Pharaoh, taskmasters

Geography
Egypt

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The Exodus of the Hebrews

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Exodus Resources

Moses and the Exodus
The Giving of the Law
The Tabernacle
The Wilderness Wanderings