God speaking to Moses concerning the children of Israel 

Read Exodus 3:6-22

 God said                 I have seen the affliction      .     .     .  of My people in Egypt   (singling out Israel... Are there others?)
                               I have heard their cry     .     .      .                                          (Prayers?)
                               I know their sorrows      .     .      .      

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Below are 4 artist's conceptions of the Children of Israel's hardship at the hands of the Egyptians.  1 British  2 Dutch and 1 German

Bricks with no Straw
Hebrew Slaves in Egypt
by unknown German 1702 Luther Bible Illus.

Israel in Egypt
Israel in Egypt under Taskmasters
by Edward Poynter British 1867

Israel in Egyptian Bondage
Israel in Bondage by Egyptians
by Gerard Hoet engraving Dutch 1648-1733

Bricks without Straw
Hebrew Slavery in Egypt
by Caspar Luiken Dutch 1672-1708

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God said     "I am come down to deliver .   .   .                                     (who is delivering?)                              Exodus 3:8 
                                                        to bring "   .   .   .                        (who is bringing?)
                  "the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me..."                (Prayer requests?)                           Exodus 3:9
                  "Come  .   .   .                                                                   (Join Me?)                                                      

                                                         I will send thee unto Pharaoh                               Exodus 3:10

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Below are 3 more artist's conceptions of Moses in the presence of God     1 Dutch  1 French and 1 German

A talk with God
mosesprep2.jpg
by Matthias Scheits German 1672

Moses and the Burning Bush
talkwithGod.JPG
by Casper Luiken Dutch 1672-1708

Moses Hiding Face from God
Moses talking with God
by Sebastien Bourdon French 1616-1671

Moses asked   "Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?"    Exodus 3:11

God did not answer that question at this time.  Why? 

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Exodus 3:12       God did say 
                         "Certainly I will be with thee :..."                                                                                               
                                    "....When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt,  ye shall serve God upon this mountain."               (Go get them and bring them here)   
Moses return to Sinai
Moses return to Sinai
by Jean-Leon Gerome French 1895
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Exodus 3:14       God said to Moses
                                  I AM THAT I AM .... Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you      (identification)  
Exodus 3:15       Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham,
                          the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: 
                     this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.                  (identification) 
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Moses and Aaron before the Hebrew Elders
Moses and Aaron presenting God's case
by Tissot French

Exodus 3:16       Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them,
                         The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob,  (identification)
                         appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that 
                         which is done to you in Egypt                           
Exodus 3:17       And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt                    (It will happen!!)    
                         unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites,
                         and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites,
                         unto a land flowing with milk and honey.                                 (historical significance for the Hebrew people)    

Moses and Aaron before the Pharaoh
Moses and Aaron before the Pharaoh
unknown to me

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 Exodus 3:18       And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel,
                          unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him,  The LORD God of the Hebrews hath
                          met with us: and now let us go we beseech thee, three days'  journey into the wilderness,
                          that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.  

Exodus 3:19       And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.
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The Firstborn Slain
Angel of death Egyptian slain firstborn
by Gustav Dore French 1895

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Exodus 3:20       And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof:
                         and after that he will let you go.           (Assurance)  
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Egyptians urging Moses to leave
Egyptians urging Moses to leave
by Gustave Dore French c 1865

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  Exodus 3:21       And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians:
                           and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty:                  (going away gifts?)