God continued speaking to Moses, reassuring him, "I am God.
I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as The Strong God, but by my name God (I-Am-Present) I was not known to them.
I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the country in which they lived as sojourners.
But now I've heard the groanings of the Israelites whom the Egyptians continue to enslave and I've remembered my covenant.
Therefore tell the Israelites:
I'll take you as my own people and I'll be God to you. You'll know that I am God, your God who brings you out from under the cruel hard labor of Egypt.
I'll bring you into the land that I promised to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and give it to you as your own country. I AM God."
But when Moses delivered this message to the Israelites, they didn't even hear him - they were that beaten down in spirit by the harsh slave conditions.
Then God said to Moses,
"Go and speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt so that he will release the Israelites from his land."
Moses answered God, "Look - the Israelites won't even listen to me. How do you expect Pharaoh to? And besides, I stutter."