Egypt is a type of the "world", and these events illustrate the
difficulties those who would leave bondage to the world face as they
seek to draw near to God.
5:1 The initial demand is so small and reasonable - but we all know,
including Pharaoh, that it will not stop there. Part of the reason
was to make the injustice of Pharaoh apparent to all, including
the Egyptians - who were to be become "favorably disposed" toward
the Israelites before it was over. The three day journey speaks
of the need to put time and distance between the cares of this
world and our communion with God.
5:2 The world does not know God, nor does it want to.
5:3 This demand speaks of Israel's own need for atonement.
5:6 As with Egypt, the Enemy does not let his captives
go easily. New believers often experience attacks to attempt
to discourage them. This is also a general principle in life:
"It's darker before the dawn."
5:15 The Israelite overseers thought perhaps the slave drivers were acting
without Pharaohs approval - but soon learned otherwise.
5:22 Moses expected Pharaoh to refuse as God had said he would.
But the reproach of his own people was harder to bear.
As in so many of the Psalms, Moses expresses his true feelings
to God. God likes that kind of honest directness.