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October 14, 2018

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Text: Matthew 27-28
Audio: Matthew 27-28

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Memory Verse of the Week

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
(Genesis 50:20 ESV)

Exodus 5 (ESV)

Afterward Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’” But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.”Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest he fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.” But the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people away from their work? Get back to your burdens.” And Pharaoh said, “Behold, the people of the land are now many, and you make them rest from their burdens!” The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their foremen, “You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves. But the number of bricks that they made in the past you shall impose on them, you shall by no means reduce it, for they are idle. Therefore they cry, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.’ Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to lying words.”

10 So the taskmasters and the foremen of the people went out and said to the people, “Thus says Pharaoh, ‘I will not give you straw. 11 Go and get your straw yourselves wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced in the least.’” 12 So the people were scattered throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw. 13 The taskmasters were urgent, saying, “Complete your work, your daily task each day, as when there was straw.” 14 And the foremen of the people of Israel, whom Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were asked, “Why have you not done all your task of making bricks today and yesterday, as in the past?”

15 Then the foremen of the people of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, “Why do you treat your servants like this? 16 No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, ‘Make bricks!’ And behold, your servants are beaten; but the fault is in your own people.” 17 But he said, “You are idle, you are idle; that is why you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ 18 Go now and work. No straw will be given you, but you must still deliver the same number of bricks.” 19 The foremen of the people of Israel saw that they were in trouble when they said, “You shall by no means reduce your number of bricks, your daily task each day.” 20 They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh; 21 and they said to them, “The Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”

22 Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”

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  1. But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.” Exodus 5:2

    Unbelief

    Moses and Aaron obeyed the Lord and told Pharaoh what the Lord told them to say to him. Pharaoh's response, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and moreover, I will not let Israel go" is interesting. He equates knowing the Lord with obeying the Lord. Since he doesn't know the Lord, why should he obey Him?

    This brings to mind those who look at the world and wonder why people do the sinful things they do. When people are blind to the truth of who God is and what He commands, they will act like blind people – unable to see. 

    After I was born again, I was deeply disturbed by one of my clients who used the Lord's name in vain. I asked him if I should say something to him about it and he said, "Scott, dogs bark. Cows moo. If someone is not born again, they won't act born again." I am paraphrasing that last sentence but the idea is there. When someone doesn't believe, they will act like it. 

    Sadly, even people who claim to believe today do not obey the Lord. Some heretical doctrine even reduces faith to a mental understanding and belief but obedience is something that happens over time (and to some more than others). But to know the Lord is to obey the Lord – even though we will obey imperfectly while our faith is tested and we learn to walk in the Spirit. 

    It's also interesting to learn of the unbelief of the taskmasters who were fellow Jews who were beaten because the people of Israel were unable to produce the same amount of work as before since they had to gather straw to make bricks. This shows how unreasonable Pharaoh was and how hard his heart was towards God and His people. 

    When the taskmasters confronted Moses and Aaron and said, "The Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us" (Exodus 5:21), Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all" (Exodus 4:23). 

    You can certainly understand their dilemma. Things were bad before and now, after they went to Pharaoh for permission to hold a feast in the wilderness, a bad situation has become worse. Moses is not only questioning God for sending them to speak to Pharaoh but he is blaming Him for the evil done to them and for not delivering them. 

    In the previous chapter, God said to Moses, “If they will not believe you, or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign. If they will not believe even these two signs or listen to your voice, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground, and the water that you shall take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground" (Exodus 4:8-9). 

    Even though Moses should have known Pharaoh was not going to listen based on what God had told him, in the heat of persecution, Moses faith was not yet strengthened. God was going to use this situation to test it and strengthen it. 

    Moses may be a giant of the Christian faith but he was still human and like us, his faith needed to be tested – and tested it was!

    Can't we relate to this? God calls us to something and we wonder why things don't go smoothly? 

    He saves us and then we're persecuted for our faith? 

    He sends us to reach a people with the gospel and they ignore us, reject us, hate us or even kill us?
     

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