GOD gets to choose which man (and sometimes, in some places – a woman) HE will use to save HIS people in this season. Men (spiritual church leaders) have no say on this matter although they like to act as if they do. [Hypocrites (see Matthew 7:22-23)].
For a season, A pharoah will rise
In this world, which Satan controls and influences. A time will come, it is near, when a Pharoah like man will rise upon man, who will once again, severely persecute GOD’s people and others. (Compare to 2 Corinthians 4:4; Acts 7:19).
But in such a time of hardship, GOD’s people will not have to fear or despair. For GOD is with us to deliver us from the harsh hands of the pharoah. We must take note of what GOD has done for HIS people during times of persecution in the past. (Compare to 1 Corinthians 10:11). Notice what GOD did for HIS people when a Pharoah rose in Egypt to persecute; that is to kill, steal, and destroy, GOD’s people. (Compare John 10:10). Read Acts chapter 7, verses 17-22.
Now, there is a lot that is said in those few verses where the details were not provided for us to understand how and who GOD chooses to use to deliver HIS people from those who were trying to snuff the Israelites out. The details are left out here because it was not the appointed time for GOD to use HIS chosen vessel to help guide and deliver HIS people from the hands of Pharoah.
breaking down acts 7, verses 17 through 22
Side Note: Notice GOD is involved in politics through these two men. That is Pharoah, the King of Egypt, and Joseph, the second man in command over Egypt.
From a political standpoint, GOD will properly deal with this Pharoah who dare to rise up against GOD’s people. And one of the many ways GOD decides to confront this tyrant was through the appointment and use of a GOD fearing man who GOD strategically placed in a powerful position within this same nation’s corrupted political system. It is very obvious that GOD is involved in politics in every which way. Why? Because the political system is what directly impacts, influences, and governs over HIS people. We really need to understand this. Okay, moving on. Let’s not get bogged down here.
Satan as well as his puppet Pharoah did not want to see GOD’s people maintain the power, authority, political influence, wealth, increase, and success they were having in Egypt. He certainly did not want to see this Hebrew nation remain free and inherit the promised blessing GOD promised their nation and its people through the patriarch Abraham. So Satan being the sly devil he is. He attempted to prevent the Jews continue success under GOD’s reign.
So, as I mentioned before, Satan rises up his personal puppet master – Pharoah, a tyrant of a king, to begin Satan’s process to ruin and destroy GOD’s people.
pharoah rises in power
Under Satan’s guidance, control, and rule, Pharoah’s job was to disrupt GOD’s people's confidence in GOD. Ruin them to a point where they would not trust nor believe in GOD. Satan needed Pharoah to bring the people to a mental and spiritual point where they would question the relevance of GOD in their lives.
So, we see, in verse 18, Satan raises a corrupted, crooked, and deceptive Pharoah who could accomplish what Satan needed to do in order to destroy those who serve and worship GOD.
Now, we see in verse 19, the mentality and behavior of this new Pharoah of Egypt. It said he was treacherous, an oppressor, and in any way he could, he “exposed” GOD’s people, particularly the children.
Verse 19 – “This man dealt treacherously with our people, and oppressed our forefathers, making them expose their babies, so that they might not live.”
Let’s step back in time for a minute. When Jacob moved his family from Hebron due to the severe famine there, to Egypt, where the grain was plentiful. Jacob and his family thrived in Egypt mainly because of Jacob’s son, Joseph, who was appointed as Egypt's second person in command under the rule of Pharoah.
If I remember correctly, at the time of Jacob’s relocation from Hebron to Egypt. His family was about 70 members during the famine. But now, after moving to Egypt, and after about 215 years had passed. GOD’s people grew into a mighty nation with strong, vibrant, men, who were able to quickly defend their families, people, and nation if called upon to do so. This nation now had many capable warriors or soldiers at their disposal when needed it.
So, as Satan and this Pharoah watched this Jewish nation grow. Their wealth and political clout increased. As Pharoah observed the Israelites' spiritual relationship with GOD prospered and the families enlarged. Satan could no longer allow this to continue. This is when Pharoah’s behavior became barbaric, inhuman, and cruel toward Israelites. We have to be mindful, that all of this was done through Pharoah, the most powerful leader in Egypt, but under the guidance of Satan the devil. The ruler over the world.
Don’t get this twisted. The reason why the world is the way it is today. The reason we see so much corruption and destruction, crime and violence, and death and a lack of support in a nation is because GOD nor Jesus is NOT ruling nor controlling the world. GOD has not given Jesus yet the right to retake what Satan has taken from mankind (the first Adam) to reestablish God's original plan for mankind. This is why we see what we see in our world’s political system. GOD is not ruling it. Satan and his appointees are.
Turning our attention back to verse 9 of Acts chapter 7. Pharoah, under the guidance and influence of Satan, extirpated or “expose” the children of Israel. Many of us know the unfortunate event that occurred when Pharoah sent forth his decree that required his soldiers to go through the land where the Hebrews lived and to throw every male child under a certain age into the Nile River. (Exodus 1:22). This Pharoah was brutal..
So, Acts chapter 7, verse 19 states that Pharoah “expose” the Israelites' children or babies. Let me provide clarity just in case any miss the point here. When Pharoah sent forth his decree to have the male offspring of the Hebrews thrown into the Nile. Pharoah’s goal was to persecute GOD’s people to the point where GOD could not fulfill Abraham’s promise in their lives. (Compare to John 10:10).
The point behind Pharoah’s cruel acts were to control Israel’s power of influence and to decrease the expansion of the Hebrew nation. If Pharoah was able to kill, steal, and destroy the faith and physical being of this nation’s seed, their children. Then he could crush this nation. Preventing them from growing and populating their nation with their kind.
Thought Provoking: So, now, honestly ask yourself. Does this not sound familiar to our time today? Today, we see in our political screen, that many of the political leaders have turned their attention to the church – GOD’s people. Why? To celebrate and embrace them? Certainly not. Instead, like the Pharoah of the past, our government figureheads are not only persecuting and acting harsh toward GOD's people. Political leaders are or attempting to change policies that completely contradict GOD’s Word. What GOD says is right and good and true and righteous and just and fair. HIS laws, when applied the way GOD said they should be, best benefit EVERY living being. HIS Word is like an ornament on our soul. It heals, delivers, saves, guides, directs – oh I can go on concerning the benefits of GOD’s Word, ways, and laws.
To add icing to the cake. GOD is not a tyrant when it comes to HIS leadership style. He is loving, just, fair, graceful, kind, patient, merciful, forgiving, a great provider and leader, and cares about the welfare of HIS people. Now, compare these qualities to that of Pharoah or any king or president, or ruler throughout mankind's human history. Okay, do I need to say anything else?
One more point. Take for example, when considering this current presidential administration. The way this president operates this administration, he has not kept any of his promises. He is deceptive and cunning. And from my personal perspective. He is in this office illegally. He has not been selected nor appointed by GOD for this role. Hence, why he has not had the level of success he thought he would have. Okay, moving on. I believe you all get my point.
Yes, we had a few good human leaders here and there. But none of us come close to the God who is the King of kings and LORD of lords. NONE.
Verse 20 – “At this time Moses was born, and was well pleasing to God; and he was brought up in his father’s house for three months..”
Do you see what GOD is doing here? As the plight of GOD’s people shifted due to persecution, GOD is already at work to put a young man in a place that would help free HIS people from bondage. That will deliver GOD’s people in their times of hardship. He is always ready and prepare to cease and undo the works of the devil on behalf of HIS people.
So, to respond to Pharoah’s harsh persecution, GOD rises HIS future deliver as verse 20 shows. “At that time Moses was born, and was well pleasing to GOD….” (Compare to Jeremiah 1:5).
What is so splendid and powerful about GOD is that HE selects the one who HE plans to use to solve some major problem with HIS people, years in advance. (Compare to 1 Corinthians chapter 12). Then He positions that one from a young age to receive the right training, education; and allows that person to go through certain trials and testings to shape his or her charater and build up his or her abilities in such a way so that he or she can achieve and resolve whatever that is needed for GOD’s purpose, people, and Kingdom work.
So, in this case, Satan puts into office a tyrant who was there to subdue and destroy GOD’s people. GOD allowed it because HIS people rebelled against HIM. And as a form of discipline, GOD removed HIS hedge of protection from over and around HIS people. (Compare to Hebrews 12:6). And this allowed Satan and his minions to come in and cause much turmoil in the lives of GOD’s people.
BUT GOD knows how to rescue HIS people from the hands of not only any tyrant. But also from the snare of Satan. GOD also knows, that sometimes, years need to pass before HIS people would realize and accept the responsibility for the error of their ways. Some, 400 years passed before it came the time for Moses, GOD’s deliver, to come onto the scene to challenge the king of Egypt. Each time Moses appeared before Pharoah, he would declare this one powerful and warning line to him. 'LET MY PEOPLE GO.'
But the shred pride and arrogance of Pharoah were not going to have that. Besides, he saw himself as a god before the people. In fact, Pharoah did not just see himself as a god. But he saw himself as the god who was supreme over all other gods. Go back and read your Bible history. Many kings and other pharaohs thought the same thing. And in GOD’s due time. After HIS people finally came to their senses. REPENT and beseech GOD for help from their enemies. GOD eventually sends in HIS chosen vessel, like Moses to reclaim what is HIS. For an extensive period of time, Moses confronted Pharoah, and demanded that Pharaoh ‘let my people go.'
Now, wait one cotton picking minute. Is this not the same Pharaoh who was persecuting, killing, and making life miserable for the Hebrews? So, what made Moses different? How did Moses, who was a Hebrew himself, was able to come into the palace of Pharoah and make such demands and not be killed for challenging the king of Egypt? Two reasons.
1. Moses was authorized, selected, anointed, appointed, hand-picked, and personally molded by GOD to force Pharoah to let GOD’s people go. (Compare to 1 Corinthians chapter 12). Moses was born to fulfill this one singular purpose concerning his people – GOD’s people.
Let's establish this point, so you don’t overlook why this is so significant. Let’s just say hypothetically, another Hebrew man or any other man came along and try to do all that Moses did for his people, his nation. He attempted to do all the things Moses did under GOD’s direction and guidance for his people. What will be the outcome? Well, I am confident. Considering the type of ruthless ruler Pharoah was. Any man who tried to confront and take Pharoah on would be dead in an instance. And GOD’s people will still be slaves today.
But Pharoah was not able to put his hands on Moses. Or slay Moses. Or dismiss or ignore Moses because GOD was in control. It was the hour for GOD to free HIS people from the hands of Pharoah. But through that process of freeing HIS people, GOD was trying to show Pharoah grace and mercy in hopes that he too would repent, turn around, and come to serve the One who is the KING of kings and the LORD of lords. (Compare to 1 Timothy 6:15; Danial 2:20-22).
But Pharoah refused to take the hand of GOD. He refused to repent and turn away from his wicked ways (sin). And we know how his story ends. GOD’s people were finally freed from the grip of Pharoah.
2. Moses was very familiar with the ways, customs, traditions, livelihood, lifestyles, habits, and elite privilege status. Moses knew how to speak and move within the camp of the Egyptians because he was brought up as part of their kingdom – their ruling class. Remember, our Bible history teaches us that Pharaoh’s daughter took Moses in during the time when her father was having all the Hebrew male boys of a certain age thrown into the Nile River. During this time, Moses’ was around the age of two. And if Pharoah had it his way. Moses’ life would have been cut short. He should have ended up in the Nile River with all the other young Hebrew boys who were murdered at the hands of Pharoah.
But Moses' life was spared at the hands of Pharoah’s daughter. Why? Because GOD had an assignment for Moses once he reached his prime age of maturity and could handle GOD’s assignment, GOD's people, and Pharoah, the King of Egypt.
But the key to the Israelites not being diminished or destroy under the rulership of ruthless Pharoah was not that Moses was all-powerful and had that level of clout. I am certain that wasn't it. Moses accomplish the things he did before Pharoah scared. He wasn't confident he could do what GOD was asking him to do. You cannot convince me that Moses was not fearful for his life each time he had to confront Pharoah.
Moses fulfilled his assignment before Pharoah scared. But the reason he was successful was because
1. GOD gave him all authority Moses need to complete the tasks.
2. Moses closely followed the instructions GOD gave him. He did not compromise nor deviate from the things GOD told him to do no matter what it was. Remember, the 10 Plagues. Imagine for a minute, GOD telling you to do these kinds of things. Just wow.
3. Moses placed his faith, trust, and confidence not in himself or the men who was with him. He put his explicit trust in GOD.
And that was the key, by means of GOD, Moses was able to defeat Pharoah, the king of Egypt.
After Moses completed his main kingdom assignment for GOD. (And there were other tasks GOD had Moses to do). We see later, in our Bible history, Moses lived even a more wealthy lifestyle than he lived when he was considered the son of Pharoah. As the son of GOD who was well pleased with Moses. Moses eventually lived a life accomplished and satisfied, where Moses had no more want because GOD provided so abundantly for Moses’ household.
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