2017-11-12 - Exodus: Hear Ye, Hear Ye
Some of the favorite TV shows over the years have been courtroom dramas. I don’t care too much for the current ones, because they are more soap operas which happen to take place in the courtroom. But I grew up with Perry Mason, the Defenders, and similar shows. In those days, justice was the issue - not outwitting the jury. The intent of the show was to identify the guilty party and to expose him or her to the world, so he could be seen for who he really was.
Well God frequently puts on a courtroom drama with the same goal, to expose the heart. The account of Moses and Pharaoh is an account of God putting Pharaoh on trial. As we previously noted, much of what God was doing with Pharaoh was to demonstrate the state of Pharaoh’s heart. He was showing the world that Pharaoh was actually anti-Semitic. The plagues which we will see a bit down the road, become the evidence of the condition of the king's heart. I like the way Dr. McGee described this trial, back in ‘81.
“Pharaoh was like the politicians of today who will not say what they actually mean. They feel one way and speak another way. Pharaoh did not want to let the children of Israel go, and yet he wanted to appear as a benevolent ruler. He wanted everyone to think he was a generous man, but in this matter of Israel he was hard. Well, God is going to bring Pharaoh into court and make him admit how he really feels.
There are certain men who have to be taken into court before they will do what they have already agreed to do. A Los Angeles contractor told me that he had to take a man to court before the man would honor a contract. He would not fulfill his obligations until the law got after him. That is what God is doing to Pharaoh. God is bringing Pharaoh into court and saying, “You are going to reveal the thing that is actually in your heart. You cannot say one thing and do something else.” God is going to force the king’s hand in this particular matter. By the way, this is exactly what God is going to do with every individual that will someday come into His presence. You will be seen as you really are. There will be no more camouflage.” 1
Exodus study to be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.