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Exodus Ch. 5

Abba Father, we thank you for this Holy Week leading to the celebration of Easter. We thank you for sending Your One and Only Son Jesus Christ who willingly laid down his life so that we could be set free from the power of sin and death. We glorify Your Holy name LORD and may Your name forever be magnified. We ask that you speak to us as we read and share the Word today In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

This Chapter starts off with Moses and Aaron appearing before Pharaoh. In the preceding verses, we see the LORD re assuring Moses that the people who originally wished him dead in Egypt had died (Exodus 4:19).

In a way, we see that Moses had started the journey of trusting God to use him to deliver the people despite his weaknesses in the flesh. This is consistent with what Apostle Paul shares with us that God's power works best in our weakness ( 2 Corinthians 12:9).

When Moses arrived in Egypt and spoke to the King with the assistance of Aaron, Pharaoh was not willing to let the children of Israel go to worship their God. In Exodus 5:2, And Pharaoh said "Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go." As a result, Pharaoh started to impose harder labor on the children of Israel because of the word from the LORD that had been spoken by Moses and Aaron. Pharaoh commanded their taskmasters, "And you shall lay on them the quota of bricks which they made before. You shall not reduce it. For they are idle; therefore they cry out, saying, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God. Let more work be laid on the men, they may labor in it, and let them not regard false works." (Exodus 5:8-9). The increased hardship on the children of Israel did not make Moses and Aaron their favourite people anymore as they asked God to judge them (Exodus 4:21).

As a believer, it is important to remember that everything we receive from God is based on faith by the grace of God. The same way we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour is the same way we freely receive each and every blessing and promise the Father has for us because of the price that Jesus Christ paid on the cross. Hebrews 11: 6 AMP says, "But without faith, it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him." Faith is the spiritual weapon we have as believers against everything that is contrary to the Word of God. God reminds us that the just and righteous shall live by faith and faith is defined as "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1). The children of Israel received God's Word that He would deliver them with joy to the point that they bowed their heads and worshipped God because He had looked upon their affliction (Exodus 4:31) but when opposition from the enemy in the form of what they could see, hear, taste, smell and feel came, they retreated back to their mindset of slavery.

Just like the children of Israel the main question we are faced with in most of life's circumstances is; 'whose voice will you believe?' Will you believe the voice of the enemy that comes through offence, guilt, human approval, discouragement, sadness, self pity, unbelief or will you believe the voice of God that promises you deliverance, victory and redemption?

Romans 3:4 reminds us that, "...Indeed let God be true but every man a liar..." This basically means that let God's Word be true for He is forever faithful and every other thing contrary to His Word and promises for you be recognized as a lie.

For now, God bless you and TO BE CONTINUED...

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