“Pharaoh, Let My People Go!”—–God

3 February 2012

Sonrise“Pharaoh, Let My People Go!”—–God

Around 1440 BC, God sent ten plagues upon Egypt as great judgments for keeping the children of Israel in physical and spiritual bondage for 430 years.  The plagues included blood, frogs, lice, flies, disease, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and death.  Each plague represented an idol in Egyptian worship.

Moses spoke for God through Aaron and told Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”  Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to let God’s people go.  At times, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.  Pharaoh ignored his own magicians who learned after the third plague that the terrible, yet miraculous, plagues were “the finger of God” (Ex. 8:19).

God put a division between the Israelites and the Egyptians (Ex. 8:23).  This division kept the  Israelites safe from the plagues.  God allowed Pharaoh’s servants who believed God to save their remaining livestock from hail and fire (Ex. 9:20).

Three additional plaques followed before Pharaoh agreed to let the children of Israel go free.  The Egyptians prided themselves on their cleanliness, but God cleaned their houses and gave the spoils to His people.  Some estimate that the children of Israel, about two million men, women and children, left for the promised land with their possessions and the riches of Egypt.

King Pharaoh contradicted himself often.   At times, he said he would let all the people go—but not too far!  Then, he said, “go now ye that are men”,  inferring “leave the women and children behind”.  God did not want His woman and children left behind.  He wanted them to participate in worship in the wilderness so that all could be delivered out of bondage.  Pharaoh and his army were destroyed by the same miracle that saved the Israelites, the opening of the Red Sea.

The female Hebrew slaves worked tirelessly without respect or recognition along side of the male Hebrew slaves to build the earthly kingdom of Pharaoh.  God did not accept Pharaoh’s bargaining, nor did God accept the arrogance directed toward those Pharaoh believed to be inferior.

In many of today’s churches, faithful women work tirelessly behind the scenes without acknowledgement of their contributions.  Many women believe that they are “allowed” to sing with the congregation, but they are to otherwise sit quietly during the “worship”, preaching and business meetings.  Jesus did not intend for women to be in this widely accepted form of bondage—not in Pharaoh’s time and not now.  He wants all those who have accepted Him as their personal Savior to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

Jesus came to Earth, gave His life and arose in order to set the captives free from satan’s curse which originated with the fall of man (Adam AND Eve) in Genesis Chapter 3.  God is not in the business of choosing men over women.  He chooses the usable vessel.  If no vessel is available, He may choose to use a rod, a rock, a ram or a rooster.  God uses that which is usable and those who will serve Him with their whole hearts.

God says, “Let my people go!  Evangelize the world!  There is no time to waste!”  As the return of Christ grows closer, usable vessels are being empowered by the Holy Spirit to do miracles, signs and wonders in order to bring glory to God.  Unbelievers around the world are again saying, “the Lord fighteth for them” (Ex 14:25).

 

 

 

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