Pharaoh or Moses

We are either Pharaoh or Moses, leading people to death or life which one are you?

Exodus 14:16-18

English Standard Version (ESV)

16 Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. 17And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

Romans 9:16-18

English Standard Version (ESV)

16So then it depends not on human will or exertion,[a] but on God, who has mercy. 17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

Two men raised by the same Egyptian king and both thought that they was doing what was right. Two very different vessels, one created for destruction and the other for deliverance. Both in the end resulted in God’s glory. So what really makes them different? Pride and humility is what separates Pharaoh from Moses. Our out come rests in the sovereignty of God and his grace. What brings about worship in fear and trembling is understanding this. God gave Pharaoh more pride to further hardening of his heart. God gave Moses more humility by pushing into the desert and tend sheep. Would they have chosen that on their own? Can they complain about their end when without God intervening; death was certain as well as deserved? Now think about how God’s grace has been given and blessed us to just know of Jesus Christ. Now think of how when we believe, we are now keep by God, who “leads us not into temptation but delivers us from evil”. We are keep in his grace as he uses situations to shape us for our good and his glory.

So if God say choose this day, who shall your serve. The very fact that you are where you are so that you can hear the Gospel shouldn’t be wasted. As we will be standing at the red sea with one foot on a chariot and the other in a slave’s sandal.

Do you desire to be used to press people towards God by your persecution or lead them to God out of persecution.

Romans 9:18-23
18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory

When we hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ do not turn to your idols and gods. Do not turn to your religion and curse God as you blame him for your love of sin. Don’t hide behind your self reliance. Run to Christ with an open heart and mind that can just for once understand that we are not the center of the universe.

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