" Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. He said, “I’ve sinned for sure this time—God is in the right and I and my people are in the wrong. Pray to God. We’ve had enough of God’s thunder and hail. I’ll let you go. The sooner you’re out of here the better. Moses said, “As soon as I’m out of the city, I’ll stretch out my arms to God. The thunder will stop and the hail end so you’ll know that the land is God’s land. Still, I know that you and your servants have no respect for God.” (9:27-30)
Whenever I read of Pharaoh, I always think about Steve Martin and his comedy routine of "King Tut". Although we can smile or grin when watching the old videos, there isn't any humor in the account of the exchanges between Moses and Pharaoh. God is all business when it comes to guarding those who are in Christ. His people. His Treasures.
Does it ever cease to amaze you how persons, who don't believe or haven't an intimate relationship with God, usually are bullies? How they carry an air of entitlement, arrogance, and self righteousness about them?
After all the plagues God rained down on Pharaoh and The Egyptians through Moses and Aaron, Pharaoh wasn't intimidated at all. It seemed more so that he was tired of the inconveniences.
My favorite part in all of this though is Moses.
As I am reading, I can hear my ABBA asking, "You have an intimate relationship with me, yet how often are you the "entitled, arrogant, self righteous bully"? How often are you more concerned with making yourself look better, hiding your sins under the rug? How often do you have the nerve to compare to others, when it is only Christ you need to be comparing yourself to and strive to be like. Where did you ever get the idea your "prayers", words which are really dictating to me what to do, have any more power than Pharaoh? Where and when did you decide that you are god?"
It is so easy to see the speck in Pharaoh or others eye, and miss the board in my own. To think I am above others, just because I have an intimate relationship with Him.
Our Father loves all.
As we are to love all.
When I think about my prayers - what are my words? How is my heart when I am praying? Am I completely submitting to His way? His time? Him?
Do I pray like my Savior? Making time each day to go before my Father, my Daddy, my Abba. Away to an alone place, focused totally on Him. Humbling myself, bearing my heart, soul, and mind totally to Him. Submitting to His will. Listening, hearing, and heeding His voice.
Or am I emulating "The Pharaoh"?