For some time now we have been looking at the book of Exodus, the life of this remarkable ancient man Moses whom the Lord called to rescue the Israelites. Moses debated with God back and forth as he thought he wasn’t the right person to deliver his people out of captivity. The end result was that Moses went with his brother Aaron as seen in our previous write up (Exodus 4:14; 27 NIV).

“14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you.”

“27 The Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him.”

When God chose Moses to deliver the Israelites, Pharaoh’s heart was harden and he refuse to let the Israelites go.

“5 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’”
2 Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” (Exodus 5:1-2)

Before Moses carried out the task, he first went to the children of Israel to let them know that God is using him to deliver them. I’m pretty sure that after the people heard the news they were very excited to be set free. However, Moses met with Pharaoh, and told him what God said, to let his people go so they can have a festival with him. Pharoah refused to let the people go!

What Pharoah was trying to do to the Israelites was to work them to death. Secondly the Israelites were restricted to worship God. Pharaoh made himself god over the people. When God saw how his children were persecuted, He send Plagues to the Egyptians when Pharoah refused to let the people go[we shall see this in Exodus 7, 8…] Despite the conversation between Moses and Pharaoh, Pharaoh took action to double the Israelites workload. He requested the Egyptian slave masters and Hebrew foremen not to give straw to the Israelites. They were to find straw for themselves and still make the same number of bricks as before.

“Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.'” (Exodus 5:11 NIV)

Pharoah did that because he felt the children of Israel were getting lazy and didn’t have enough work to do. He stood his grounds by not giving them time to worship God. Many of us today are maltreated in one way or the other. Despite our hardwork, we still suffer. We even tend to ask, why do bad things happen to us especially if we are serving God faithfully? The fact is that the evil one cannot do anything without the permission of God. There is a purpose behind every affliction. One thing we all need to be encouraged is that, God is still in control. We just need to be patient. There is a reason for the detour as it is part of God’s plan.

Moreover things didn’t go well as Moses/Israelites expected. The Israelites thought they would be set free. They people became angry with Moses because they thought Moses caused Pharoah and his rulers to hate them.

“21 and they said, “May the Lord look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” (Exodus 5:21 NIV)

Moses returned to the Lord and asked why the Lord had brought trouble on his people. At this point Moses begins to complain why did God sent him if things were not going as he expected. Beloved, one thing we need to all learn here is that no matter the setback or opposition, we should serve the Lord faithfully. Whatever problem we face in this life does not mean we aren’t in God’s Will. Trails are meant to strengthen us and not break us. Trails also make us to draw closer to God by being dependent on Him. It is a training ground to make us strong! We see here that Pharoah wasn’t sympathetic at all! There are some Pharoahs that are stubborn and it takes prayer to put them where they belong. We shall see that in the next chapters when God begins to send Plagues on the Egyptians. Sometimes in life we feel like the enemy is winning but when the anger of God comes, no man can stop it. Our duty is to pray and leave vengeance for the Lord to handle against our contenders. The God we serve is not a liar, he is in control to rescue us from battles. God still assured Moses that “I am the Lord” . He never mentioned this once but many times.

“God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD.” (Exodus 6:2 NIV)

– ” Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians….(Exodus 6:6 NIV)

– ” I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.” (Exodus 6:7 NIV)

– “8 And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”” (Exodus 6:8 NIV)

– “29 he said to him, “I am the Lord. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I tell you.” (Exodus 6:29 NIV)

The Lord assured his people that he will redeem and deliver them. Beloved it doesn’t matter how bad your situation is, God is in control you just need to trust him, have faith and stand still. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy but he will not have his way. Our eyes must remain fixed on Him (Yaweh).

I don’t know what you may be passing through and you have reached a point of giving up, I want to let you know, DON’T GIVE UP. The Egyptians you see today, you shall see no more! God has delivered you and your miracle is here. No matter how the enemy strikes, Gods purpose in your life shall come to pass. Refuse to be defeated, you are victorious. What the enemy is planning against you will not come to pass in Jesus Name.

Please beloved let’s spend quality time reflecting on the book of Exodus. I personally have gained much and have learnt so many lessons. I would encourage each one of us to find time to study the word. God bless.

Shalom!

SOURCEViolet Chipo
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