VA’EIRA ( I appeared )

I am הוה’ And I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob

Exodus 6:2 And Elohim spoke to Moses and said to him, I am יהוה: 3 And I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob, by the name of El Shaddai, but by My name יהוה I was not known to them. C-MATS

Question: What was יהוה saying to Moses? יהוה rebuked Moses harshly: Many times I revealed Myself to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and they did not question My ways, nor did they say to me, “What is Your name?” You questioned My ways and asked from the start, “What is Your name?” and now you are saying to Me, “You have not saved Your people!” unlike Abraham, to whom I said, “Isaac will be considered your seed” and then I said to him, “Raise him up to Me as an offering” — still, he did not question Me.”  The Patriarchs only knew Me by El Shaddai (sufficient), you know Me by יהוה and yet you question Me. The Patriarchs never saw miracles and yet they had faith in Me. Moses would soon witness miracles of a magnitude that dwarfed anything the Patriarchs had ever seen. Chumash

Question: Why was Moses’ arrival in Egypt followed by an immediate intensification of the slavery of the Israelites? The Egyptians could not be punished until their “measure of sin” was full. יהוה is patient even with the wicked. By Pharaoh’s cruel decree to deny straw to the slaves, Pharaoh had reached his lowest point and so the process of the exodus and the punishment of Egypt could now begin. Chumash

Exodus 6:4 And I have also established אֶת־ My covenant אִתָּם with them, to give them אֶת־ the land of Canaan, אֵת the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers. 5 And I have also heard אֶת־ the groaning of the Children of Israel, אֹתָם whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered אֶת־ My covenant. C-MATS

Exodus 6:9 And Moses spoke this to the Children of Israel: but they did not listen to Moses because of their anguish of spirit and cruel bondage. C-MATS

Question: Did the Israelites not have faith? Their negative attitude was due not to lack of faith, but to the difficult physical and emotional circumstances under which they labored. Chumash