It’s Not Right

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 8:20-32 [2]

During the first three plagues God answered Pharaoh’s question, “Who is the Lord that I should obey him and let Israel go?” Pharaoh is without excuse. What may be known of god is manifest in him for God has shown it to him.[3] Pharaoh knows the Hebrew’s God is real and had that knowledge confirmed by his own religious leaders when they announced “this is the finger of God.”[4] Pharaoh has called him Lord and asked for his help to solve the frog problem. Pharaoh knows there is no one like the Hebrew’s God.

In the next three plagues God made a difference between his people and Pharaoh’s people. Moses rose early to meet Pharaoh at the Nile with the same message. Let my people go into the wilderness to worship me. If Pharaoh refuses God will sent swarms of flies upon everyone except for the Hebrews. God had a reason for sending the flies on the Egyptians but not the Hebrews. He wanted Pharaoh to know that he is Lord in Egypt.

Flies filled the land. Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron. If the Hebrews God is Lord in Egypt, they could worship their God in Egypt. At this point, Aaron slips into the background as Moses takes the lead. Moses declined saying, “It is not right to do so, for we would be sacrificing the abomination of the Egyptians to the Lord our God. If we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, then will they not stone us?”[5] Pharaoh knew Moses spoke the truth and relented. They could leave but not very far, just out of sight.

God came to Egypt to help his people and teach everyone who he is. He is Lord and there is no one like him. He is Lord in the cities we live in. But it is not right to force our worship on people who want nothing to do with us and our God. What was true then is true today. Jesus warned us not to cast our peals before swine “lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”[6]

Moses accepted Pharaoh’s offer and promised to pray. God removed the flies. Once again, Pharaoh reneged on the agreement.

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[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] Romans 1:18-19

[4] Exodus 8:19

[5] Exodus 8:26-27

[6] Matthew 7:6

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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