by Rev Joel Yong
Exodus 5:2 ESV
But Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.
Pharaoh did not know the God of Israel.
It sounded like a word of defiance but it was true.
No doubt he was familiar with the Egyptian pantheon of deities but not Israel’s God.
His words – become a challenge to God to make Himself known.
And God acts in response.
Check out His words in the next chapter-
Exodus 6:1 ESV
But the Lord said to Moses, Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.
The 10 plagues were not random. They were specifically chosen to prove a point- they showed how God was in control of the weather and of the river sources and of the animals that creep on earth and even life itself! And not the Egyptian deities as Pharaoh had believed.
Psalm 14:1 NLT
Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!
We can either be the kind of people who say “Thy will be done.” Or whom God says these words “Alright then. Have it your way.”
I pray we are the former and not the latter for that is foolishness.