Notes on the Exodus (61)

“Exposing the Exodus”

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Lying Words?  (Chapter 5 Verses 1-9)

The false accusation, “for they are idle” (v8). More and more the character of Pharaoh is being revealed, but a man who has been seen to be capable of murdering children (Exodus 1:18), are we surprised? It is the same attitude we see when people are stung by the gospel when it is preached with the Spirit’s power and divine authority. When commanded to repent and believe the gospel, as all men now are (Acts 17:30). The same response of unbelief and rebellion are manifest here, they will not be told or taught by anyone. Note the order first it is God who is attacked, then the message, then the integrity of God’s servant. And now it is God’s people who are falsely accused and maligned, “for they are idle” (v8). Then, unsurprisingly he follows through with a false assessment of the message, “lying words” (v9). This is his general opinion, and that of fallen man, in general, it must be said, of God’s message, “lying words” (v9). To speak of sacrifice in a world steeped in selfishness and greed is meaningless. Surely when it comes to the Bible’s description of man’s fallen nature it is apt indeed. People often hurl at us that the Book was written by men. What utter nonsense, do they think for one moment that if men wrote the Bible they would have described themselves as totally depraved, hearts deceitful and desperately wicked? We hardly think so, no, it is God’s indictment of the entire race.

Think of it millions and millions of people the world over, unprepared for death, unfit for the presence of a holy God. Yet here in God’s revelation that we are studying we have the presentation of an all-sufficient Saviour. But is not a warning to us all, it is solemn I know but the issues are serious, when it comes to neglecting or rejecting the overtures of the gospel love of God. It is warning to the cynical, to the skeptical, and to the unbelieving people, who simply without thought discard the message presented to them, as, “lying words” (v9). We are dealing with God’s inspired word here, the truth, “the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Which was written for our comfort and hope, “for whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). And that we might no fall has many of the Israelites did in the wilderness, “Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore, let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:6-13). Here also, Pharaoh stands as a monumental warning, a man who thought as many do today, that he was his own man, his own god and master, that before himself he would stand or fall. He stubbornly refused to be entreated.

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)

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