How Moses Appeared Before Pharaoh

When Moses began his journey back to Egypt, God told his brother Aaron, "Go into the desert to meet Moses." So Aaron went out into the desert and met Moses at Mount Sinai. Moses told him how God had appeared to him in the burning bush. Together they returned to Egypt and gathered the Israelite leaders together. Aaron told them what God had told Moses and the Moses showed them the miracles that God had told him to do. Then all the people bowed down and worshiped God.

So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and said, "Jehovah, the God of the Israelites, says, 'Let My people go, that they may worship Me in the desert.'" Pharaoh answered, "Who is Jehovah? I do not know Jehovah, and I will not let the people go. You are just trying to make the people stop working." That same day king told the slave drivers, "Stop giving the people straw for making bricks. Make them go and find it for themselves. But they must still make the same number of bricks as before. That will keep them busy." When the people weren't able to make the same number of bricks as before, the slave drivers beat their leaders. Then the leaders became angry with Moses and Aaron for bringing this trouble. Then God said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh again, and tell him, 'Let my people go.' Then show him the miracle where your stick turns into a snake." So Moses and Aaron went to the king and Aaron threw his walking stick down in front of the king. It turned into a snake. Then the king called for his magicians, and by their magic they also turned their walking sticks into snakes. But Aaron's snake swallowed theirs. King Pharaoh was still stubborn and would not listen to Moses and Aaron.

So God told Moses, "Go meet Pharaoh at the Nile River. Tell him, 'Jehovah said, Let my people go, but you wouldn't. You will find out who He is by what He is going to do. The water in the river will be turned to blood, the fish in it will die, the river will stink.'" Then Aaron took his walking stick and hit the surface of the river, and all the water in it turned to blood. The fish in it died, and the river smelled very bad. The Egyptians had to dig beside the river to find water fir to drink. But the king's magicians were also able to turn water into blood by their magic. Then the king was stubborn and would not let the Israelite people go.

Seven days later God told Moses, "Go tell Pharaoh, 'Let my people go. If you don't, I will send frogs all over the land. They will be in your houses, your beds, your ovens and your baking pans.'" When Pharaoh would not let the people go, Aaron raised his stick over the water and frogs came out of the water. By their magic the king's magicians were also able to bring more frogs out of the water. There were frogs everywhere, so Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, "Pray to God to take away these frogs." Then Moses said, "When shall I pray for them to be taken away?" And Pharaoh answered, "Tomorrow." So the next day the frogs died, and the Egyptians put them in large piles and they smelled bad. But when Pharaoh saw that the frogs were dead, he became stubborn and would not let the people go.

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