“Who Is The Lord?”

 KEY SCRIPTURE 

Exo. 5:1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. 2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. 3 And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.

Would you accept an invitation to a feast in the wilderness? This is exactly the proposition made in the KEY SCRIPTURE by behest of God’s emissaries to the Children of Israel via a recalcitrant King of Egypt! How bad must things be to look forward to partying in the desert? Another point is that we can be festive whenever we’re in Yahweh’s presence no matter where we are! No matter how much darkness is in our lives, the glory of God is able to vanquish that darkness just like back in the beginning (Gen. 1:3). Understand that with God on our side we can have joy even in unhappy situations (Gen. 29:35; Prv. 28:4)!

Joy comes from having a Godly spirit (or mood, which influences our intellect, emotions, and our actions). Psa. 30:5 says “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”; however, I believe it also brings the “morning”. Note the “morning” brought on by the Godly spirit of the Apostles, who were thrown in jail by the High Priest and the Sadducees (Act. 5:17-23)! Paul and Silas were also freed, after being imprisoned, because of their joyous praise of God, and were even able to get a guard saved (Act. 16)! Conversely, “evil-spirited” people are likely to be “clowning”, as some would say colloquially (informally).

There is a confrontation brewing between Yahweh, and the comparatively “evil-spirited” Egypt deities, as inferred in the KEY SCRIPTURE. Note that other deities (Philistine’s Dagon I Sam. 5:1-7, Moabite’s Chemosh I Kgs. 11:7, Assyrian’s Nisroch II Kgs. 19:36-37 for example) will also compete with Yahweh. “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and His redeemer the LORD of hosts; I [am] the first, and I [am] the last; and beside Me [there is] no God (Isaiah 44:6-8).” The prophet is attesting to the supremacy of the God of Israel in this verse. However in Exodus He is relatively unknown, even by the leader of the super power of the time (“I know not the LORD”). So, now the I am starts to face-off with Egypt’s ideology!

It would be rather difficult to miss the allegorical message in verse 3 of the KEY SCRIPTURE. It starts with a reference to Jesus as Immanuel (“And they said, the God…met with us”; Mat. 1:23). Of course the “three days’ journey” into the desert” obviously parallels the period of time that Christ spent in the tomb. How is this the festive occasion inferred in verse 1? It is because of the Good News of the Messiah’s magnificent victory over death, which paid the price for our redemption back to the Father! Jesus is the ultimate “sacrifice unto the LORD our God”, who told His concerned disciples before this divine transaction, “these things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full (Jhn. 15:11).”To know the LORD, and not the sword, we must project His Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)!

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