Sometimes you have to admit you are in slavery.
We are told to turn the other cheek, to cope.
But if the truth is that your situation is a disaster that will destroy you, coping is dishonest, enabling a lie.
Moses makes everything much worse by confronting Pharaoh. He digs his heels in and makes life far worse, impossible, for the people.
They hate Moses, he’s disillusioned by God. We understand why he was so unwilling to obey God’s command to speak for them.
But it’s only making real what was already there. The Israelites are in a dead end death trap. Appeasing their masters will just keep them there.
This had to happen. In life things often have to get worse so they can get better.
It’s called faith. And praise be, God doesn’t really need it to save us.