“To Be Or Not To Be – Punk’d !”

KEY SCRIPTURE

Exo. 5:22 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, LORD, wherefore hast Thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that Thou hast sent me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast Thou delivered Thy people at all.

One day, a mouse saw a lion caught in a hunter’s net begging anyone to free him. When the lion spotted him, he made a frantic plea to the wary mouse. After being assured of his safety, the mouse gnawed through the ropes and freed the ever grateful lion. A week later the mouse found himself threatened by a hyena who sought to devour him. Remembering the instructions given by the lion, the mouse began to whistle for help. Upon hearing this, the faithful lion rescued the mouse, and made a meal of the hyena. Is God as faithful?

From the beginning, Man has always had a problem trusting in, and obeying God! Starting with Adam who ate of the “Forbidden Fruit” (Eze. 2:8-10; Jer. 15:16; Rev. 10:9) to Noah, to the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), total surrender has proved to be too much. Moses now find himself having to either succumb to the circumstance, or to continue on in God’s Word. Has your faith ever been tested?

The story of everyone’s test of faith is not as well documented as in the case of Moses, who some believe wrote the Torah (the Bible’s first five books). However, the documentary hypothesis (DH) formulated by Julius Wellhausen (1844 – 1918) suggests that it was written by a combination of documents from four originally independent sources including: the J, or Jahwist, source; written c. 950 BC in the southern kingdom of Judah; the E, or Elohist, source; written c. 850 BC in the northern kingdom of Israel; the D, or Deuteronomist, source; written c. 621 BC in Jerusalem during a period of religious reform; and the P, or Priestly, source; written c. 450 BC by Aaronid priests.

 Whether or not the Torah (Pentateuch or Chumash) is written by Moses or DH we must realize that he probably felt like that mouse. Having been adversarialized* by some of his countrymen, he now has to trust a lightly regarded Deity or fold in to Pharaoh! QUESTION: who do you listen to?

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things (I Cor. 13:11).” As a youngster playing basketball, I once went up for a shot but failed to take that shot because a defender was in position to block the shot. To my embarrassment the opponent didn’t even attempt to defend the shot, and I miss the “shot” at attaining a possible victory! “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (II Tim. 1:7).”

In another illustration, we may immaturely not listen to our coach and blow a huge lead due to our arrogance. Oftentimes people are arrogant because they do not want to develop endurance, which requires maturity, and that requires eschewing* obsolete attitudes. Instead, they try to maintain these attitudes as if they’re advantageous, however, they miss out in acquiring better coping skills because of their insecurities!

While it’s understandable that Pharaoh may be afraid of losing his workforce, and arrogance is the only way that he knows how to deal with this prospect, we as believers ought not to let the arrogant “Pharaohs” in our lives punk us. THEREIN LIES OUR TESTIMONIES! Remember, persevere in your assignment, and don’t get punk’d out of your shot at victory! 

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