Then the foremen of the sons of Israel came and cried out to Pharaoh, saying, “Why do you deal this way with your servants? There is no straw given to your servants, yet they keep saying to us, ‘Make bricks!’ And behold, your servants are being beaten; but it is the fault of your own people.” But he said, “You are lazy, very lazy; therefore you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ So go now and work; for you shall be given no straw, yet must deliver the quota of bricks.” And the foremen of the sons of Israel saw that they were in trouble because they were told, “You must not reduce your daily amount of bricks.” When they left Pharaoh’s presence, they met Moses and Aaron as they were waiting for them. And they said to them, “May the Lord look upon you and judge you, for you have made us odious in Pharaoh’s sight and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
You may also ask, "why do the very people we are trying to help do this?" That is a good question. I can only offer these suggestions. First, you are the leader, not they. They often cannot see the process that has to be followed from start to finish. Second, God has spoken to you, not necessarily to them. There will be some in the group that will support you -- God has chosen them to be your Aarons. Be thankful for them and pray that they can influence others.
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