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Exodus 6:28-30

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Exodus 6:28
  • Exodus 6:29
  • Exodus 6:30

The book of Exodus is the second book of the Torah (“law”). It continues the story of Genesis concerning the migration of the family of Jacob (the Israelites) to Egypt (Genesis 50). It describes the commissioning of Moses and Aaron as God’s representatives on earth to accomplish God’s deliverance of His people from slavery in Egypt and lead them to the Promised Land (the land of Canaan). It also relates the miraculous deliverance from Egypt beginning with the plagues on Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea. It then describes the journey to Mount Sinai and the establishment of the Mosaic covenant with the Israelites. The last part of the book involves the specifications and building of the tabernacle – the place where the Lord Himself dwelt amongst His people.

In the book of Exodus, the focus shifts to the deliverance of God’s people.


Chapter 6 contains the LORD’s answer to Moses’ prayer in 5:22-23. It is an answer that not only addresses Moses’ criticism but also contains a great amount of encouragement and comfort. The LORD also repeats what He wants Moses to do – confront Pharaoh about releasing the Israelites. There is a genealogy included to show that Moses and Aaron are of the priestly line and are qualified to receive the LORD’s direct revelation and be His spokesmen in the coming conflict with Pharaoh.

 

 

Chapter 6 can be outlined as follows:

  • The LORD’s answer to Moses’ complaint (6:1-9)
  • The LORD instructs Moses to speak to Pharaoh (6:10-13)
  • Moses’ and Aaron’s genealogy (6:14-27)
  • The LORD instructs Moses to speak to Pharaoh (6:28-30)

This section is repetitious to verses 10-12, reiterating God’s command to Moses.

 

Some commentators think that a new section begins here at verse 28 and continues through 7:13. It is the beginning of the intense confrontation between Moses and Pharaoh and is the prelude to the plagues.

 

Verses 28 – 30 are almost an exact copy of verses 10 – 12. They repeat the message that it was the LORD who was commanding Moses to confront Pharaoh (I am the Lord; speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I speak to you). The repetition here, right before the outbreak of the plagues on Egypt, shows that Moses is under the authority of the LORD Himself.

 

But once again, Moses used the excuse I am unskilled in speech (literally “I am uncircumcised of lips”) and asking the LORD how then will Pharaoh listen to me? The LORD’s answer to this repeated excuse is in chapter 7. The LORD will answer Moses in the same way He answered Moses previously. The LORD provides help in the form of Moses’ older brother Aaron. But the LORD does not shift the responsibility from Moses.

Biblical Text

28 Now it came about on the day when the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, 29 that the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “I am the Lord; speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I speak to you.” 30 But Moses said before the Lord, “Behold, I am unskilled in speech; how then will Pharaoh listen to me?”

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