Exodus 1:8-10 (ANIV)
8 Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt. 9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become much too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in Bible verses.
Simple, diffused lighting from the right illuminates this interior scene.
Pharaoh (the king of Egypt) is the tall central figure in white.
There are two magicians or wise men (in green & blue) present and two hand maidens/slave girls fanning Pharaoh with Ostrich feather fans.
There are two versions of this scene:
01) (This page) Exodus 01 – Hebrews Oppressed – Scene 02 – Pharaoh’s plan (Version 01). This is the original version, with thin, translucent hand maidens/slave girl’s linen clothing.
02) (Next page) Exodus 01 – Hebrews Oppressed – Scene 02 – Pharaoh’s plan (Version 02). This is the newer, more modest version (specifically requested by a customer) which makes the hand maidens/slave girl’s linen clothing more opaque (less see through).
This is the second scene in this series about the Hebrew oppression that preceded the Exodus out of Egypt. In this picture we can see Pharaoh hatching plans to oppress the Hebrew people, with two of his magicians, or wise men.
The colouring for the figures comes from Exodus 08 – the ten plagues of Egypt – Plague of gnats, which I completed in Dec 2010. I like to take care to use similar colouring, even in scenes that are years apart in design, which aids consistency, even across the years between drawings!
1:8-2:10 HISTORY, Intentions (3.36C)
No matter how powerful a human ruler may be he can not oppose the will of God. Pharaoh sought to limit Israel’s power and privileges, instead he prepared the way to educate God’s chosen deliverer, Moses.