Friday, December 14, 2012

Moses and Aaron Tell Pharaoh that God Wants His People Freed -- Exodus 5:1-2


And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’”  But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go?  I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go.”

The first thing to note in this passage is that here are two men who belong to an enslaved group, really foreigners in the land, one with speech impediment, and they go before the supreme ruler and say out-rightly, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel.”  As I observe the Church around the world today, I don’t see that same boldness, honesty, and clarity coming from the majority of Church leaders.  Instead, we find ourselves looking for ways, if not to accommodate, certainly to refrain from angering, the anti-Christ spirit and thinking prevalent today.  We have valued our own safety and physical freedom at the expense of the truth and the light, as well as ‘the’ Truth and ‘the’ Light.
So Moses and Aaron had followed instructions once again perfectly.  And then you have to chuckle at the Pharaoh’s response only because it is exactly what we ourselves hear today, whenever we do stand up for the truth, assuming anyone is willing to reply to us, “Just Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice?  I don’t know Him.  And no, I won’t obey.”

It is possible the Hebrews were not very good “witnesses” in the decades that they were in Egypt and working as slaves.  I am not blaming them; being hard-working slaves under the watchful eye of bosses with whips left little room for telling people about God.  But thousands of years later, the way was paved for us to express our faith with protected freedom of speech.  Yet, still today, many in the world do not know the God of Israel and His Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.  And they have no interest or reason to obey His word.  That is the situation that Aaron and Moses found themselves in and that is the situation we find ourselves in today.  In fact, because the Church, the Body of Christ, has let down its defenses for so long, we stand the risk today of being ignored and considered as pests that no longer need to be tolerated.  The is a movement afoot to swat us off the face of the earth.

But here is the good news, both for Moses and his brother, and for us.  God had predicted that Pharaoh would react exactly the way he did and Moses knew it.   Similarly, in His Word, God tells us that the world will indeed go the way it is going.  The New Testament (and the Old) has many references to the end times and what that will be like.  In fact, those of us that know what the Bible says on this issue, know that all that is both happening and not happening today is clearly in the radar screen of the world that God’s Eye is focused on, because He loves us so.  And He is totally in control.
Our job, like that of Aaron and Moses, is simply to be bold, honest, and clear; and to tell the world, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel.”  That is my prayer for you and I today as we venture forth at work, school, the mall, at lunch or supper with family and friends.
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