And the Lord said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.
2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver and jewels of gold.
3 And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.
4 And Moses said, Thus saith the Lord, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:
5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.
6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.
7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.
8 And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.
9 And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.
10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.
This would be the last warning for Pharaoh and the very last time the Moses stood before him with the hopes that in some small way this ruler would listen, soften his heart and turn from his pride. If not for himself at least for his people.
This was not going to happen though and deep down as well as from the words of the Lord, Moses knew it would never happen, and he left from the presence of Pharaoh with a great anger.
Why did he show anger and for that matter the text tells us :such great anger?”
It could very well be that Moses now knew what true love for others meant.
Not just the love that he knew for his own people, but the love that he felt for those who were about to lose their first-born children needlessly because of the pride of one man.
Just a few chapters ago Moses didn’t know what this love was and the Lord was angry with him.
3 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.
14 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
Moses met with the Lord after a forty year period with what seems to have been no word from God. He had started out on fire for the Lord and his people but he had the wrong idea about what his ministry and leadership meant and he had been rejected by his bretheren.
Now he was broken and settled in a quiet life but God still had a purpose and a plan for him and he was ready to be used by God even if he didn’t know it or want it.
The Lord came to him and told him what He wanted him to do and it was exactly what he had planned to do in the first place but this time, it seems as if Moses was not ready and he gave the Lord all the reasons that he didn’t think he should go and with each excuse, the Lord patiently gave him an answer for them, except when Moses asked God to send someone else.
Then and only then does it say that the Lord was angry.
Not because he said no, or because he didn’t want to be used, but perhaps it was because he didn’t love his own people and family enough to be bothered to go help them. He had lost his love for them in some way.
He knew that they were struggling and that they were crying our for help but he didn’t care and this is why I think the Lord was angry.
He did however choose to do the right thing and I don’t think that this was lost on him as he leaves the audience of Pharaoh for the last time. Pharaoh’s choices said everything and that was that he didn’t care about his own people, the people who believed that he was a god. It was all about him.
Pride can be an increasingly haltering thing in our walk with the Lord, even if we are doing and saying the right things. Even if we are busy with the work of the Lord.
We can let our words and our work become what is important and eventually it will be all about us and nothing more.
This could have been the same problem that the church at Ephesus had.
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
This church started out on fire for the Lord and His words for them didn’t concern their work or their doctrine but their love. They had lost their first love which would be their love for God and for each other. Jesus answer for them was to repent and remember from which they had fallen and go back to their first love. If they didn’t He would take their place away and they would no longer be a church for the Lord.
Today if you travel to where Ephesus was, you will find only rubble. Long gone is a trace of the church that once was. They didn’t heed the warning.
The same can happen to us if we don’t heed this warning. Our walk may not show it and our words and doctrine might be perfect, but if we lose our love for the Lord and His people, we can stand before millions, saying all the right words, but it means nothing, and our walk, as well as our relationships will needlessly die.
1 Corinthians 13:
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
Remember, repent, and return to that first love