2018-02-18 - Moses and Pharaoh - The First Time
Trust and Obey, for There’s No Other Way
The grounds for the battle between God and Egypt has been established. The reality is Moses’ confrontation with Pharaoh is a war between the God of the universe and Satan’s attempt to interfere with His program. Satan’s plan is the ultimate solution, the destruction of Israel.
But what appears to be going on is a battle between Moses’, God’s spokesman and the arrogance of a Pharaoh. And this first skirmish is simply to demonstrate the reality of Pharaoh’s unwillingness to hear anything coming out of the mouths of a couple of Hebrew slaves.
And it wasn’t like the request was all that demanding. Moses and Aaron came to the King with a request to go into the wilderness, in order to offer a sacrifice to the Lord, a request for the freedom of worship. As God had warned, Pharaoh said “Who is this God anyway? I don’t know Him. He has no authority in Egypt. Forget it, Moses.”
It was here we noted that initially God intended the nation to be a nation of priests.
“Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:5–6 ESV).
And we moved, parenthetically, into a discussion that all Christians are all members of the priesthood of believers. Or as Peter put it,
“ … You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5 ESV).
Consequently, we are also called to sacrifice the sacrifice of praise and worship. Keeping in mind the responsibilities we already noted,
“ [The] priesthood was instituted in order to maintain fellowship between the holy God and the sinful nation, to bring the people’s gifts and sacrifices before God, and to convey God’s gifts, mercy, salvation, and blessing to the people.” 2
… What are some of the ways you have exercised your priestly role?
So, now we’re back where we were. Pharaoh was getting fed up with the whole subject, so he changed it. He accused the two of interfering with his slaves' work, which they were. Apparently, Moses and Aaron had held a number of meetings with the people, to tell them God’s words. Pharaoh used this to justify his next decision. Study to be continued.
Exodus study to be continued.
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