Ex. CHAPTER 5:1-23 Cry out to God
5:1 Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.'"
2 And Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go."
Now that was his Philosophy - & it is one that many since have embraced – God is dead – but it didn’t serve Neitche well
NEITCHE IS DEAD – SIGNED GOD !!!!!!!
NEITCHE SOON FOUND OUT WHO WAS RIGHT – AS WE ALL WILL
B)Well Pharaoh is treading on the same ground here – Who is God
Pharaoh would soon find out WHO the Lord is
D) When you took an oath in Egypt the highest oath you could take was to use the name of Pharaoh
NOTE: Because Pharaoh considered himself to be a god, he did NOT like the idea of having any competition from this God of the Hebrews
A) This, by the way, is a GRAPHIC illustration of mankind today
B) The humanist - who has deified man// the new ager who in his quest for spiritual meaning has declared that god is within each man
C)Shirley McClaine –Out of her tree - Stand on the Beach I AM GOD
1) Attempt to deify man /
So Pharaoh not only considered himself to be a god, but he also encouraged the rest of Egypt to worship many other deities found in nature
involved in the worship of the Sun-god
B) They also worshipped the wind, the moon, the planets
Osiris was the god of the Nile river and was the goddess of fertility
C)The even worshipped life forms/ Any object or any phenomenon of
nature was thought to be indwelt by a spirit that could chose it's own form
D)So Pharaoh propagated the worship of life forms and elements of nature
as well as worship of himself
1) In light of this, we have a little clearer understanding of the response of Pharaoh, and the events that would soon follow
Moses and Aaron came and said that Jehovah, the God of Israel wants you to let His people go so that they might worship Him,
A) Pharaoh's response was:
"I don't know Jehovah... Who is He that I should obey Him?"
I don't know Him and so I won't obey Him"
Israelites were being used by Pharaoh to establish build and his cities
1) He would lose his labor supply and thus his projects would come to a close
C) Paraphrase:I don't know the Lord, neither will I let them go lest my pet project be derailed
In this we have a very important lesson in ministering to unbelievers
A) WHY do people say today:"Who is God?" "How can I know God?" I
don’t believe in Him
B) Why do people take the position ofAGNOSTIC or ATHEIST today?
For the same reason Pharaoh was
have someone they have to answer to & what it comes down to is :
1) They DON'Twant to answer to any one else for the direction of their lives
D) IF they acknowledge that there is a true and living God, they would then have toSUBMIT to that God
1) If there truly is a God then I would have to find out what claims he had upon me/ what he wants of me
NOTE THIS the atheist or agnostic is NOT in that state because it is such a RATIONAL or INTELLIGENT position
A) AGNOSTIC is from 2 Greek words:A - GNOSKO
B) In Latin, the word for agnostic =IGNORAMUS = I Know nothing
C)People assume the positionof IGNORAMUS today NOT because of
honest intellectual problems concerning the existence and nature of God.
20For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
They Ignore Creation:
1) Peasant repliedYou will have to pull down the stars then!
But I can not conceive how a man can look up into the heavens & declare there is no God !
Comment:This leads to all kinds of Immoral behavior – Man is left to be led by his own imaginations / passions / Desires /
B) because they have their own pet projects that they have to derail
I'll have to quit snorting coke
I'll have to stop drinking
I'll have to stop sleeping around
C)So, like Pharaoh they sayI don't know Jehovah and neither
will I Let my pet project go
1) BUT Pharaoh is about to discover just WHO Jehovah is
because they were too idle.... they were lazy
B) That accusation is still hurled at those seeking to worship the Lord
1)"Worship - Who has time for that?"
Get busy.... get working..... Get involved
C)NOTE: The Pharaoh's of the world will always equate worship with
Laziness as a WASTE OF TIME
Mark 14: 9 "Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."
Luke 10 Another time Mary was Chided for her Worship / Martha Neglecting
A) Martha you are busy – One thing is needed / Mary has Chosen and that will not be taken from her
C) Been said Don’t come apart we will COME APART – OR FALL APART
D) Worship is NEVER idleness and is NEVER a waste
It takes TIME and EFFORT to worship during the day
1) Can I encourage you to take that time / Morning / Lunch /
A) They had a tremendous work load in building the pyramids alone, not counting the treasure cities and other monuments
B) Someone did some calculating & discovered that The bricks used in constructing the pyramids would form a wall
1)10ft. high 5ft. thick Stretching from L.A. to N.Y. City
production the overseers beat them
In their beaten state, they went and cried unto PHARAOH... And he did NOTHING for them
mistake here crying out to Pharaoh when they should have cried out to God
Spouse/ Going through it with your employer/employee
1) You feel like you've been beaten down/ You aren't understood
They aren't relating to you
1) Co – worker – that gal in theoffice My wife is so mean to me – can’t believe what she did ?
1) Cry to a Neighbor / My Husband – another sister in the Church
Listen It is a MISTAKE to cry unto man
A) We have to cry out to the Lord/ HE is the only one who can help
He is the ONLY one who understands
Oh what Peace we often forfeit oh what needless pain we bear all because we do not carry everything to God in Prayer
At a Later time in the history of the Nation of Israel, the Lord REBUKED them by the prophet Isaiah
Isa. 30:1-"Woe to the rebellious children," says the LORD, "Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin;
2 Who walk to go down to Egypt, And have not asked My advice, To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, And to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
15 For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: "In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength." But you would not,
B) We spend TOO much time crying to the wrong people
We need to spend MORE time crying to the Lord
So Pharaoh is attacking them and They are bummed at the servant of the Lord
A)Thanks a lot Moses.... You've made us STINK before Pharaoh
We were just FINE until you came along/ We were happy slaves
1) God sends His instrument to change their plight
The enemy of God's people comes against them
C) And God's people are bummed at Moses and look at the past as some glorious moment lost forever
v.22 So Moses returned to the LORD
22 So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me?
23 "For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all."
in your name things have gone from bad to worse
NOTE HOW GOD RESPONDED
6:1 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land."
In other words things might look bleak now but Moses I am working so just hang in there – cling to me !!!!