Moses in chapter 3 gets to meet God in the bush, somewhat face to face and hear His voice. Moses gets to know God by His personal intimate covenant name, I AM WHO I AM (the LORD and also YHWH). This personal meeting with God sets the stage for Moses the rest of the story as he now acts and becomes a mediator between the LORD and His covenant people. Moses begins to know the LORD now in chapter 3 at the burning bush, but as the story progresses He finds out so much more about God and His revealed character like; His holiness, patience, covenant love, longsuffering, compassion, hatred toward evil, justice, and majesty. Today's reading marks the beginning of the journey for Moses to come to know God through experience.
Pharaoh in chapter 5 also begins his journey into coming to know of God through personal experience. In 5:2 Pharaoh states, "Who is the LORD that I should obey Him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go!" Pharaoh is defiant in the fact he does not know I AM and he think he is the I am. But as we will see in the next 3 days of reading, Pharaoh gets to know of and about some of the character of the LORD through his personal experience and interaction with Him.
So who's personal experience in knowing God would you rather have, Moses or Pharaoh? And does your life and obedience match which person you would rather be?