2017-09-10 - Exodus ~ Moses' Third Concern
Once the elders heard what Moses said, then all of them were to go before the Pharaoh, to ask to be allowed to go for a three-day journey to sacrifice to their God. They are to ask, even though the Lord knows quite well the request will be refused. Pharaoh is being given the chance to obey the demands of the Lord. His refusal will be the basis under which he will be judged by the events we will soon look at. This is the same principle under which the offer of salvation is made, even to those who will refuse. Their refusal to accept Christ becomes the basis of their condemnation.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”” (John 3:17–21).
God has a purpose in allowing for Pharaoh’s refusal. It is so that the Egyptians will know that He is God, and so the Israelites will leave Egypt with pay for the last four hundred years.
“But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions” (Genesis 15:14).
The idea here is similar to the point expressed by Christ in John 9:3.
“Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him”.
God often uses the acts of the unrighteous for His own glory. Pharaoh’s very disobedience is the basis for the fulfillment of God’s promises. Basically all those years of back pay is going to leave the Egyptians fairly tapped out. The jewelry and other goods will become the materials for the tabernacle, but that’s a story for another time.
Anyway, God has certainly given Moses enough information to be able to tell the Hebrews who He is. What a blessing to see God use Moses. We can be comforted by the fact that as we live for the Lord, we may appear foolish before the world, but that very foolishness is proof that we are speaking God’s truth. We are to be the little children who expose the nakedness of a fallen world. Are we prepared to be able to tell the unrighteous who God is?
“Know that the LORD, he is God!” (Psalms 100:3).
We should be able to, for Christ has called us to this work.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” (Matthew 8:19–20).
Exodus Study to be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.