When Things Get Worse Before They Get Better

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.

February 19, 2023

Sermon Notes


  • 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.