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Measure for Measure

Building Stress

Exodus Chapter 5 and Exodus Chapter 6 to verse 13

It seems like a great plan: Let’s get out of slavery. On you go Moses – go and sort it out with Pharaoh.

Pharaoh doesn’t think much of the plan and it backfires on the Israelites.

They suffer a change in their working conditions: they are expected to produce the same result with limited resources. They are beaten for not reaching unrealistic targets.

Cuts are nothing new. And stress is nothing new either.

They were given more work to keep their mind off their dream. They lose sight of the bigger picture when they are faced with the fear and reality of the daily grind. They were accused of laziness and became discouraged.

This lack of vision led to another bout of low self-esteem for Moses:

“If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?”

The morale is low, the resources are few, there is violence, accusations, stress, cuts…

What is our response, today, in the face of the same issues?


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3 thoughts on “Building Stress

  1. More bricks; less straw; get your own straw–we’re all going through that these days. And we are all torn between trying to keep our jobs and trying to do something about it, governmentally.
    It IS either/or, for most people.

  2. Wow, some powerful writing my dear, it hit me that the parallels between Moses and his people under the tyranny of the Pharoah and what we are going through in the States with the GOP and the tea party.

  3. Yes – a lot of relevant politics in the story.

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