Egypt Will Know

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus Chapters 6-7[2]

It appears God’s plan to rescue his people failed. Pharaoh turned down the request to let the Hebrews leave town to worship their God. Then he made the lives of the Hebrews, his servants by their own admission, harder by refusing to supply the straw they needed to make bricks. The Hebrews leaders were beaten for failing to fulfill an impossible quota. Now the Hebrews’ don’t want to hear about God’s promises and blamed Moses and Aaron for making their circumstances worse. Moses comes before God and tells him there is no reason to continue. If his own people will not listen to him, Pharaoh won’t listen either.

God is undeterred by these apparent setbacks because they are not setbacks. God cared that the Hebrews’ were miserable in Egypt, but the misery they brought upon themselves by forgetting their God to worship Egypt’s gods did not move God to act on their behalf. When God heard their groaning he searched his memory for a justified reason to act. He found justification in the oath he swore to their father Abraham. The father of the only kind of faith that pleases God.

God came to Egypt to take one more step in fulfilling the promises he made to Abraham and to one seed of Abraham – Jesus.[3] Those promises were never exclusive to Abraham and his flesh descendants.[4] Through Jesus everyone including Abraham has access to the things God promised. God wanted the Egyptians to have access too, but they needed to know who is Lord as much as the Hebrews who bowed to them needed to know who is Lord.

According to Romans Chapter 9 God raised up Pharaoh to make his power known and God’s name would be proclaimed in all the earth. God wanted more than the Egyptians and Hebrews to know who is Lord. He wanted everyone in “all the earth” to know who is Lord. He wanted everyone to know his great power to patiently endure people he is angry with giving them time to repent.

God knew Pharaoh would never fear him. He did not harden his Pharaoh’s heart so he could destroy him,[5] he was trying to heal him. God knew he could give an abundance of irrefutable evidence and do miraculous things no one else could do and Pharaoh would never fear him. But the people who served Pharaoh did not know what God already knew. God did not have to endure Pharaoh, so everyone else could know the truth about Pharaoh, but he did. Humanity will never be free from tyranny and injustice until we know God is the only one capable of giving us the equality we seek.

Exodus Chapter 7 opens with God repeating the things God told Moses at the burning bush. Aaron will speak to Pharaoh everything I command you to speak. I will do signs and wonders as evidence of my reality. Pharaoh will not listen. I will bring my people out of Egypt, and “the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.”[6]

 

[1] From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.

[2] All scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Galatians 3:16

[4] Romans 9:6-8

[5] Exodus 4:21 Ex 4:21 “So that introduces a purpose clause (RSV), while “and” seems to introduce a result clause (TEV). Either interpretation is possible, since the common Hebrew conjunction Waw must often be translated according to the context. The result is still that the king will not let the people go; it is a matter of interpretation whether this is also the Lord’s purpose in hardening his heart. People in the phrase not let the people go may also be rendered as “the people of Israel” or “the Israelites.” (from UBS Old Testament Handbook Series. Copyright © 1978-2004 by United Bible Societies. All rights reserved.)

[6] Exodus 7:5

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of the Westbank Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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