Exodus 5: Moses Confronts Pharoah
God will show Pharoah and the Egyptian gods Impotent
In today’s lesson, we see:
- Moses’ appeal for Israel’s deliverance;
- The increase of Israel’s burden;
- Moses’ prayer.
Chapter 5 begins the contest with Pharaoh. The plagues are leveled against the idolatry of Egypt. It is actually a battle of God with the gods of Egypt. Moses returned to Egypt after an absence of forty years.
The deliverer is prepared now to deliver his people. He was to assemble the elders of Israel, and they were to go to Pharaoh and present their request. Pharaoh refused to let Israel go, and this opened the struggle between God and the gods of Egypt.
The plagues were not haphazard. God did not send a plague of frogs and then say, “I wonder what calamity I should send next.” Probably nothing was ever quite so organized and meaningful as these plagues. They were directed very definitely toward the idolatry of Egypt.
Many throughout the world still worship idols. India today is said to have some 33-million gods that are worshiped in their temples there. But even in our secular Western societies, we worship inanimate objects. We spend great time and resources on things we greatly treasure. If you attend a sporting even or rock concert, you will see a form of fanatical worship of individual performers, groups and teams.
What are the idols in your life that keep you from the living and true God? Don’t harden your heart like Pharoah. Worship the living and true God and your reward in heaven will be both great and eternal.
But Pharaoh will not heed you, so that I may lay My hand on Egypt and bring My armies and My people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the children of Israel from among them.” – Exodus 7:4-5
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