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…



Courage to Stand

The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were
Shiphrah and Puah, “When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and
observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her
live.”  The midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king
of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.
-Exodus 1:15-17
 
WITH THE SNOW THAT CAME THIS PAST WEEKEND walking to the car at the head of our driveway has become rather risky business.  To start with, the ground was not frozen when then snow came, so the lower few inches of snow were a little wet and slushy. After driving in and out of the driveway several times the snow is now quite packed down.  With the daytime thaws and the nighttime freezes, it didn’t take long for the driveway to become treacherously uneven, icy and slippery.