The Pharaoh in Each of Us

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.”
~1 SAMUEL 15:22-23
 
 

In my personal reading I am currently in the book of Exodus.  The drama of the Exodus narrative has always captivated me.  In the Exodus account there are two well know lists of “Ten”, the most famous being the Ten Commandments.   Just prior to that “Ten” there is another “Ten”— the ten plagues that God unleashed against Pharaoh and the nation of Egypt because of his cruelty, unbelief and hardness of heart.

 

In re-reading the famous showdown between Pharaoh and God through His servants Moses and Aaron, there were several things that struck me about Pharaoh.  As I pondered those characteristics and/or attitudes I was troubled by how many of them I see in myself.  I guess there is a “Little Pharaoh” in me.  I would also venture to guess there is a “Little Pharaoh” in you.  Let me tell you what I mean. Read more…