1 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.”
This is not what I was looking for when looking for the use of the word obey. Instead, I was looking for examples where God wanted us to obey Him. Here we have an example of incredible arrogance of Pharaoh saying 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.
Today, however, many of us say something shockingly similar without of course mentioning Israel. Instead we are only commenting on our private lives. For us it might read something live the following Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and not do as I wish? That is after all what we are saying in one way or another when we knowingly choose to sin and go against God’s commands or directions or wishes in our lives.
Pharaoh had a bit of an excuse, he believed he was a god. Of course he was not. But what about us? Are we not saying we know better than God when we choose to sin? Now we know we are not a god or gods, but we act as if we are when we say Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and not do as I wish? Think on this as you recall your latest sin – public, private, or secret – you chose to disobey Him. Do you see the arrogance in your choice or choices? Do you? Or are you blind to what you are doing, believing or acting as if you believe you will forever and never have to face the consequences of your actions.
Pharaoh, believing himself to be a god may have had a bit of an excuse, but none of us have that excuse. Imagine Pharaoh’s surprise when the Red Sea parted for Moses and God’s people to escape. Then imagine Pharaoh’s arrogance to blindly send his army after Moses and the Jews through the parted waters thinking he could do so without any consequence at all. All this after losing his son to the last plague while God protected Jewish houses marked with the blood of the lamb. What happened to his army?
The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.
So what awaits us when we think we can continue acting as if we know better than the Lord what choices we should make? What indeed! The choice is ours. We can accept the free Gift of Grace and have eternity with God or choose to continue acting in arrogance and end up spending eternity in hell. God gives us the choice. What will we, you, I choose? Me, I will take the free and undeserved Gift of Grace.