March 20, 2019


Pharaoh increased the burden of the children of Israel because Moses demanded that they should be released to go and worship God, “So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me?  For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”  And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am ]the Lord  I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord I was not known to them.   I have also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers.   And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant.   Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.   I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.  And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord.’ ”   So Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel; but they did not heed Moses, because of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage (Exodus 6:1-9).

The burdens imposed upon the children of Israel made them to go to Pharaoh themselves and they were informed that their request from their leader caused the problem. This made them to be angry with Moses and when he informed the LORD about this, God assured him that He would deliver them because it was a promise made with an oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The children of Israel were not ready to listen to Moses because of the pain they were going through. Did God know about this pain? Yes of course. He hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that He can use an outstretched arm to deliver His people. Unfortunately, pain is not easy to bear. Not knowing when they would be free from the oppression added to the pain. Why should they listen to Moses when he could not tell Pharaoh to release them as soon as they performed all the miracles before Pharaoh? Instead he went there to make the matter worse. This is what we human beings experience when we are going through pain, or some form of discomfort, and we have cried to God, but response seemed not to be forthcoming. We will be asking questions that no one can answer. Does God really care? Why am I going through all these if He really loves me? From the situation the children of Israel were in, God was working some things out for their deliverance while their pain was increasing. Surely the outcome would be glorious but they have to endure more. They need to trust God that he would do what he promised to do. I believe there is a direct relationship between pain (suffering) and the blessing associated with it. When a mother holds her baby after the birth pain and the discomfort associated with it, the joy swallows all the pain, you don’t even remember it any more, because delivering a baby has a glorious outcome. God allows this so that we can appreciate Him better for coming to our rescue. This process brings glory to Him. Later on in the writings of Moses we would see how he reminded them that God brought them out of slavery with a strong and outstretched hand, therefore they must honor and obey God all the days of their lives.

In the same token,  we can identify with the pain our Lord Jesus went through for our sake when the sins of the world was placed upon Him. But the pain of 39 stripes on His body, crown of thorns on his head, and nails on His hands and feet definitely cannot be compared to looking for straw to make bricks. Neither can it be compared to any type of suffering you and I have gone through. He went through this in order to set us free from everlasting suffering (pain) one would experience in Hell fire, because the wages of sin is death.  If the little pain we go through here is already too much for us, how about burning for ever and ever in Fire that would not be quenched as a result of our sin. Brothers and sisters let us realize that God cares about us and He loves us so much, so we must reciprocate by obeying His statutes and ordinances. .Your passport to enter heaven is Jesus Christ, and you must identify with all the pains he carried for you so that you will not carry your own sins with you. Remember the world we are in is a temporary abode, and the suffering of this world is also temporary, therefore let us bear our pain now by crucifying our flesh so that fleshly desires will not take us to Hell fire. Be sensitive to His leading. Remain Blessed.

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