Full of confidence, Moshe and Aharon were ready for the next critical mission… facing Paraoh himself. They went together with the elders of Bnei Yisrael, but as they got nearer and nearer to the majestic palace of the mighty Paraoh, terror and dread came over the elders. One by one, they dropped back, leaving Moshe and Aharon alone to face the cruel Paraoh.
“Well, well, well,” said Paraoh. “After all these years, Moshe returns. Do you come to bring me gifts?”
“No Paraoh! We bring you the word of G-d! In the name of HaShem… LET MY PEOPLE GO!” Moshe and Aharon demanded.
“HaShem… HaShem who? Who is this HaShem you are talking about? Never heard of him. I will not let my slaves leave,” Paraoh haughtily replied.
“HaShem, the G-d of the Jewish people, has revealed Himself to us. All we ask is for 3 days to offer sacrifices to our G-d in the desert.”
“NO WAY!” Paraoh shouted. “Go back to your work! And don’t give my Jewish slaves any big ideas, either, or they’ll soon get lazy and slack off in their work!” Paraoh was not willing to budge and Moshe and Aharon left the palace.