After this presentation to Israel’s leaders, Moses and Aaron went and spoke to Pharaoh. They told him, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Let my people go so they may hold a festival in my honor in the wilderness.”
2 “Is that so?” retorted Pharaoh. “And who is the Lord? Why should I listen to him and let Israel go? I don’t know the Lord, and I will not let Israel go.”
3 But Aaron and Moses persisted. “The God of the Hebrews has met with us,” they declared. “So let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness so we can offer sacrifices to the Lord our God. If we don’t, he will kill us with a plague or with the sword.”
4 Pharaoh replied, “Moses and Aaron, why are you distracting the people from their tasks? Get back to work! 5 Look, there are many of your people in the land, and you are stopping them from their work.” Exodus 5:1-5
After Moses and his brother Aaron meet with the elders of Israel and performed all the signs the Lord told them to perform, Moses and Aaron now make their way to meet Pharaoh for the first time and confront him. When Moses and Aaron speak to Pharaoh they tell him the purpose of their needing to leave is to perform a sacrifice in the wilderness to the Lord and worship the Lord. The Lord has created us to worship Him. Those who embrace Jesus as Lord and Savior today have the awesome opportunity to draw near to the Lord without fear and worship Him with their whole being.
Pharaoh’s response to Moses and Aaron is that he doesn’t know the Lord and sees no reason to allow the Israelites to leave. Pharaoh was seen as a god himself and for someone to come to him and speak of another god was nothing in the eyes of Pharaoh. Pharaoh in his pride and arrogance was blinded and his heart over time would become hardened. The Lord would use the pride of Pharaoh to glorify and honor His name. Every time Pharaoh resisted the Lord, the Lord would pour out His wonders through Moses.
Moses and Aaron are persistent telling Pharaoh that the God of the Hebrews has meet with him and they need to go and sacrifice to the Lord or they will die. God will always have His way and it is foolish for man to truly believe he can stand in the way of Almighty God. People today who resist the Lord and His offer of salvation are no different than the Pharaoh of the time of Moses. They see themselves as a god in their own eyes and believe the God of the Bible to be nothing more than a fairy tale.
Pharaoh simply sees Moses and Aaron as a distraction. But what he fails to understand that as time goes forward the Lord will severely humble both Pharaoh and the nation of Egypt. There are many today who believe they are all powerful in their own eyes. They believe they are the reason for their success and that the gifts and talents they have been given are by their own doing. Resisting the Living God only results in one thing and that is destruction.
May we who follow Jesus Christ understand the awesome opportunity we have each day to bring praise and honor to the name of Jesus. There is a mighty harvest before us and many who are living in slavery to the lies and deceptions of Satan. Just like the Hebrews of old who lived in bondage under Pharaoh and Egypt. Today so many live under the rule and tyranny of Satan. They are imprisoned by the lies of Satan and it is the truth of God’s word that will set them free.
God desires to set people free today to walk with Him in deep intimacy. To spend their lives worshiping Him in all things. Worship is not merely the song we sing, true worship is the way we live our lives. What we truly worship is what we have our lives fixed and focused on. Today may we arise and be the sons and daughters that God has called us to be.