"Uh, no way. Why would I do that? And, just to make sure that you don't lure them away, I am going to increase my demands on them and, if they do not perform, they will be punished."
And the Israelites said, "Moses, what have you done? May God punish you for the hardship you have brought on us in His name!"
And Moses wondered, doubted, and cried out to God.
Exodus 5. Ever been there, at least to some degree? Are we really following God if we haven't?