Notice that they don’t try to work out a compromise. They didn’t say, “we were just kind of wondering if it would be ok if we took the people for a three day worship conference in the desert?” In a respectful and yet straight forward way they simply said, “the LORD, the God of Israel says, “Let my people go.”
Now even though the LORD put Pharaoh in his position, Pharaoh in his mind thought, “why should I respect this LORD of these slaves? I don’t owe him anything!” Yet notice that Moses and Aaron didn’t back down. Instead, they upped the ante by saying, Now let us take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.
They actually went so far as to threaten a punishment to the Pharaoh if he didn’t cooperate - and immediately. It would seem like a bold thing for them to do, but all they were doing was conveying the words that the LORD wanted them to speak. The fact was that the LORD wasn’t intimidated by this Pharaoh. He would not negotiate. His plan would not be hindered.
Its often said the the best for of defence is offence
It takes courage, but that’s how God wants you to deal with this world in a spiritual way. If you just try to run away from it and fear it, it will run after you and try to eat you up. The more we let it go and say nothing - the worse it gets. If your children are hanging out with some kids that you know full well are evil, you might think, “oh, maybe we can influence him or her for the better.”
But then, before you know it, he is drinking alcohol and acting like a heathen. Or if your son starts dating a gal that seems to dress with her body parts hanging out on all sides, you can’t assume he’ll behave himself. Before you know it, she will be pregnant. You can’t just assume these things will go away. You’ve got to put your foot down at some point and address the evil behavior or even the APPEARANCE of it.
It takes courage and judgment, but evil has to be exposed and hung out to dry - confronted straight up - because that’s the only thing that it will listen to - the law.
THE WORLD OPPOSES US
But for some reason we’ve been contaminated with this modern day idea that evil can be gradually steered into good with a lot of nice talk and “counseling”. We’re turned into spiritual cowards - afraid to make people angry. Instead of calling sin “sin” we would rather diagnose it as a disease and throw drugs at it. It’s less messy and more excusable.
Pharaoh wasn’t about to listen to sweet talk, and God didn’t give him any. He said, “do it or else!”
So how did Pharaoh - deal with this threat? He became angry and said,
“YOU ARE NO LONGER TO SUPPLY THE PEOPLE WITH STRAW FOR MAKING BRICKS; LET THEM GO AND GATHER THEIR OWN STRAW. BUT REQUIRE THEM TO MAKE THE SAME NUMBER OF BRICKS AS BEFORE; DON’T REDUCE THE QUOTA. THEY ARE LAZY; THAT IS WHY THEY ARE CRYING OUT, ‘LET US GO AND SACRIFICE TO OUR GOD.’ MAKE THE WORK HARDER FOR THE MEN SO THAT THEY KEEP WORKING AND PAY NO ATTENTION TO LIES.” (EX 5:7-9)