When Things Get Worse Before They Get Better

Exodus 5:1-6:1 – Moses’ initial efforts only increased Pharaoh’s narcissistic rage and the Israelites’ horrific conditions. We must hold on to God’s promises when things get worse before they get better.


  • Authorities resist submitting to God, especially if it threatens their affluence (5:1-5).
  • Pharaoh intensified his expectations while reducing his provision for the people (5:6-14).
  • Pharaoh resisted their journey because he valued personal advancement more than their religion (5:15-18).
  • The Israelites blamed Moses for stirring up trouble in his attempt to deliver them (5:19-21).
  • When Pharaoh’s persecution and the people’s frustration intensified, Moses regretted God’s plan (5:22-23).
  • If Pharaoh complied, he would be the hero, but the people needed One more worthy (6:1).


  • Don’t expect those who don’t know the LORD to follow His commands.
  • God never promised that circumstantial peace would accompany obedience.
  • Any backlash from obedience is better than disapproval from God in disobedience.
  • Talk to the LORD about your frustrations before giving up on His plans.