WHO IS THE LORD?
Moses had been given his assignment and as he begins to carry it out he begins to meet with resistance. Many today accept the call of God on their lives and also find there are some road blocks that also must be dealt with.
Moses had told Pharaoh the children of Israel needed to go three days into the wilderness and make a sacrifice unto the Lord. He did not tell Pharaoh what the sacrifice would be but if you look at the Hebrew writings you will find that one of the things that Egypt worshiped was what the Israelites sacrificed. If you read Leviticus 3:1-3 you will find that a sin offering was a young ox (bullock). If the Egyptians had seen the cattle being killed what reaction do you suppose they would have had?
This request angered Pharaoh and he increased the work load of the Israelites to the point they could not produce what was required of them. It appears that when a person comes to Jesus Christ and begins to do something for Jesus it angers the enemy. Many times there is criticism, you are made light of, some don't take you very seriously until you go through some trials and then you are known for what you really are.
Pharaoh made two statements that many today make. He said who is the Lord that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? He then said, I know not the Lord.
The question (Who is the Lord?) is a very serious one. Have you ever asked who is the Lord? Very honestly, I have asked a lot of questions in my life time and at one time in my life I just did not know who He was until I began to look into the Bible and ask a lot of questions. I once said if there is a God I want to know him and if there is not one I will not waste my time on religion. Today I can say to you there is a God in heaven and his name is the I Am of Ex. 3: 14, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ of Eph. 1:3.
Pharaoh said who is he that I should obey his voice? Here again is a good question to ask. If the Lord is who we say he is then why do we not obey him? His word tells us to love one another. Husbands are to love their wives and wives are to love their husbands and children are to be obedient to the parents. Fathers are not to provoke the children to anger; all this and more can be found in Ephesians, chapter 5:1-33.
Pharaoh found out too late what the answers to these questions were. He saw plagues like he had never seen in all of his life come upon his land. He saw rivers turn to blood, he saw darkness and hail and then the pain of all pain, he saw his son lay dead along with the first born of all Egypt. A broken Pharaoh finally said, Take the Israelites and leave Egypt.
What is it going to take for you to leave Egypt and cross the sea and get through your desert of wandering? You don't have to go through all the heartaches of life before coming to Jesus. The Lamb of God has already been sacrificed and His blood can cleanse you from all sin and prepare you for a great life in the promised land Jesus has prepared for you in John 14:1-6.