Before continuing with Moses story, I would first like to answer a question… which of the people in the Bible lost most by obeying God?
Consider the popular options…
- David – was a shepherd boy… he went up in the world
- Basically, all of the prophets, whatever their ranks in life… were persecuted, imprisoned or executed.
- Then there is Paul in the New Testament. He gave up a great deal of worldly honour. He described his lineage… he was a Pharisee of Pharisees, and of the tribe of Benjamin.
- What about Moses though? He was the seventh generation from Abraham, adopted by the Pharaoh’s daughter.
Moses future assured…
“I have brought up a child who is of a divine form, and of a generous mind; and as I have received him from the bounty of the river, in a wonderful manner, I though proper to adopt him for my son and the heir of your kingdom…”
The Pharaoh acceding to his daughter’s wish, hugged the child and put his own diadem on Moses head…
“… but Moses threw it down to the ground… he kicked it around, and trod upon it with his feet which seemed to bring along with it an evil omen concerning the Kingdom of Egypt…”
So, in asking who, in the Bible gave up most, we have to leave that to God to decide. After all, most of us are little in the world’s sight, but if we have given our lives over to His management… who can tell how much we have given up.
It seems clear though that Moses gave up his chance to be Pharaoh. To be over all the lands of Egypt, and perhaps the ‘deliverer’ the Hebrews sought, and he was prophesied to be.
As Pharaoh, Moses could have freed the slaves.
But God was the One to free the slaves.
Moses was the person He used.
So now, perhaps remembering his failed attempt when he decided to intervene… failing, fleeing, and spending forty years ‘on the back side of the mountain’, a very different Moses stood before a new Pharaoh delivering God’s message.
This new Pharaoh did not know Moses, nor was he impressed with him and his ‘mission’. In fact, as we saw last week – he accused him of being a runaway slave.
Moses came in the power of God.
(Something he himself, his brother, the Hebrew slaves and Pharaoh and his court were yet to discover.)
So Aaron cast down his rod before the (dare we say) arrogant, Pharaoh, who merely sneered at him and had his magicians do the same. The fact that Aaron’s rod/serpent ate up the magician’s serpents might have made this superstitious group concerned, but they chose to see that the magicians had been able to re-create the ‘magic’.
Likewise when Moses and Aaron caused the river to be turned to blood…
“Then the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments, and Pharaoh’s heart grew hard and he did not heed them as the Lord had said.” Exodus 7: 22
During the second plague, the plague of frogs, Pharaoh called for the brothers and told them that if they would entreat the Lord to take the frogs away then he would let the people go. Of course he did not.
Even though his magicians tried, they were unable to replicate the third plague, the plague of lice.
Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the Lord had said. Exodus 8: 19
How hard it is for a man in authority to submit.
Till next time, walk softly… you may be treading on someone’s dreams