E X O D U S
Much ado there was to bring Moses to his work, and
when the ice was broken, some difficulty having occurred in
carrying it on, there was no less ado to put him forward in it.
Witness this chapter, in which, I. God satisfies Moses himself in
an answer to his complaints in the close of the foregoing chapter,
ver. 1. II. He gives him
fuller instructions than had yet been given him what to say to the
children of Israel, for their satisfaction (ver. 2-8), but to little purpose, ver. 9. III. He sends him again to
Pharaoh, ver. 10, 11. But
Moses objects against (ver.
12), upon which a very strict charge is given to him and
his brother to execute their commission with vigour, ver. 13. IV. Here is an abstract of
the genealogy of the tribes of Reuben and Simeon, to introduce that
of Levi, that the pedigree of Moses and Aaron might be cleared
(ver. 14-25), and then
the chapter concludes with a repetition of so much of the preceding
story as was necessary to make way for the following chapter.