On the other hand — The IsraelitesOctober 7, 2018 2023-04-05 19:11
On the other hand — The Israelites
On the other hand — The Israelites
The next account we will study is the opposite of the account of the Tower of Babel. In the next account, we see Moses as the leader of the Israelites and how he led this group into a transformation process, both in terms of their spiritual and physical statuses in life.
God sent a Group Word to the Israelites through Moses. They were living in the Land of Egypt. They were slaves to the Egyptians. For years, they were crying out to God to change their situation. Their prayer was to be set free from living in bondage.
In Exodus 9:1, we read, “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may worship me’.” Moses was commissioned by God to deliver His people. The Group Word for them was “Your salvation is here.” The message to the Israelites was you would be free from the bondage of Egypt. However, they had to have faith in this Group Word. They had to trust Moses’ leadership. Each Israelite is accountable for each of their family’s fate, depending on whether or not they will believe and accept the Group Word.
The Group Word was for the Israelites, not the Pharaoh. We can observe numerous accounts when Moses was telling the Pharaoh to let the Lord’s people go that Pharaoh would refuse and he would harden his heart. The thing is the Pharaoh cannot accept this Group Word because he did not have faith in what Moses was telling him. The Pharaoh could not “listen” to Moses. He was operating in a “you or me” world.
As a result, the 10 plagues began to occur. The fact that Pharaoh refused to listen to Moses caused his nation to suffer. We see here a side-by-side comparison of Moses’ and Pharaoh’s leadership. When Moses was trying to plead with Pharaoh so that they will be spared from the plagues, he was promoting a “you and me” world wherein the welfare of these two nations will be protected. However, Pharaoh intended to win by making sure the Israelites become Egypt’s slaves for generations to come.
The events led up to the last plague, which took the lives of the firstborn in the land in the Passover event. It was the decision and the responsibility of each family to paint their doorposts with the blood of a lamb sacrifice. If they do this, their household will be spared from this plague. The Pharaoh, defeated by the circumstance of his son’s death, decided to let the Israelites go. However, he did not stay true to his word. When the Israelites have already journeyed out of Egypt, the Pharaoh ordered the Egyptian army to pursue them once again to bring them back. The Pharaoh’s leadership and integrity is again exposed in this account.
What did the Lord do? God ordered Moses to lead the Israelites across the
Red Sea. The Bible reveals this account:
10As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were
the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried
out to the Lord.
11They said to Moses, “Was it because there were
no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What
have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?
12Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would
have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the
desert!” (Exodus 14:10-18)
In the account shown above, we see different responses to the situation. Pharaoh changed his mind. He set out to pursue the Israelites in battle so that they will come back. He turned back on his word. The Israelites, at this point, also doubted their decision to obey God. They intended to go back to slavery, because they did not intend to go head-to-head with the Egyptian army. They must have been thinking, “We have no choice, our destiny is either to die here or to become slaves forever.” They were so tied to their past, as slaves to the Egyptians, that they did not see any other choice. They did not see any other power, other than that of the Egyptians. The Israelites failed to believe the possibility of the future they desire, which is that of freedom and prosperity. They did not think it can ever come true in the face of the Egyptian army’s pursuit. They required a leader who would take them out of that mindset with a Group Word towards transformation — from
Egyptian slaves, to free citizens, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
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