Chapter-a-Day Exodus 5

BlindPharaoh took immediate action. He sent down orders to the slave-drivers and their underlings: "Don’t provide straw for the people for making bricks as you have been doing. Make them get their own straw. And make them produce the same number of bricks—no reduction in their daily quotas! They’re getting lazy. They’re going around saying, ‘Give us time off so we can worship our God.’ Crack down on them. That’ll cure them of their whining, their god-fantasies."  Exodus 5:6-9 (TM)

It’s been said that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. There’s also a spiritual reason why you should love your enemies: you become like those you hate.

A couple of thousand years after Pharaoh gave Moses such a harsh reply, Israel’s King Solomon had conscripted laborers among his own people to build his kingdom. Upon Solomon’s death, the Israelites were tired of being their own king’s slave-labor. They asked Solomon’s son, King Rehoboam for a little grace. Rehoboam’s reply was eerily reminiscent of Pharaoh: "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions."

Without God’s active presence in my life, I’m in danger of becoming the very person that I, myself, despise.

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Exodus 5”

  1. Disappointments in our work must not drive us from our God, but still we must ponder why they are sent.–Matthew Henry commentary
    This chapter and story were very familiar to me and no single verse jumped out today, so I went to the commentary section for more info. I really like the statement above. The Israelites must have been frustrated. They asked for a few days to worship and their jobs were made incredibly difficult as a result. Fortunately, in the past I have been able to pray the prayer of Jabez rather than get down on God when work issues arise. That always helps me refocus and have a positive attitude. The prayer is:
    And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.” So God granted him what he requested.
    I Chronicles 4:10 NKJV

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