2018-02-18 - Pharoah's Response to Moses
Trust and Obey, for There’s No Other Way
In summary, as we noted, not only did Pharaoh turn down God’s request, but he defined the request as simply an excuse to be slackers and not do their job.
There were two results for the king’s attitude. First, since he had defined the people as slacker’s he wanted to keep them too busy to get in trouble. He ordered the overseers to no longer provide straw, so the people would have to gather it themselves. And the production schedule remained unchanged.
Second, the new situation would create a rift between the people and Moses and Aaron, so they’d no longer listen to the troublemakers. And so, Pharaoh thought, “That’s that!”
And reality was, that’s exactly what happened. Just like us, the people wanted to fellow God, but they wanted to do so on a freeway, not a back road. Often immature and potential new believers are told “Accept the Lord, and your life will be blessed.” After all, Paul certainly had a easy life.
“I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches” (2 Corinthians 11:23—28).
Contrary to the teaching of some, we also shouldn’t be surprised if our life isn’t “a bed of roses.” We are called to service, not comfort, as the Lord said of Himself:
“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
Yet we seemed surprised when life doesn’t go the way we think it should. Why do you think this is? What can we do, to be better prepared for the reality of the trials of life?
Nevertheless, we can understand the people’s disappointment. They were looking for the promised freedom. Instead, it appears things have simply gotten worse. One thing we tend to frequently overlook is, the Lord works in His own time and His own way.
“But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness” (Psalms 69:13).
Study to be continued.
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