Exodus 5-6: Redemption, One Step Backward to take Two Steps Forward. The events in chapter five seem to overlap the events in chapter 7. How many times did Moses see Pharaoh before the plagues began? There is no before and after in Torah. The text is not written to be read as a sequential historical narrative. Many things overlap in time. Torah speaks in the language of man. Moses proclaims God's order, and is summarily ignored and mocked, with the Israelites paying the cost. God reveals the nature of His Name YHWH, and how it means the implementation of THE PLAN for human history. Moses is not just a political or social figure. He becomes viewed as a god in the flesh, with Aharon as his prophet. Moses' message is not a philosophical or religious one, rather it is a message of raw power, the message being, YHWH is in charge and what He says, goes. Important lessons and applications for us today in our present political/social circumstances.