And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. Exodus 5:1
So the time has finally come for Moses and Aaron to confront Pharaoh and demand that he lets their people go! This is a bold request to be made by Moses, however He is answering his call by God to do this. The same is when you go to preach the gospel to unsaved people, as commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19)
Notice their reason for the request, so the Israelites may worship God! Simple as that, the Israelites want their freedom of religion, their right to worship the true God of Israel. This is a right, that many of us take for granted on a daily basis! While in some countries Christians will risk their lives to attend a Church service, other Christians refuse to attend a Church service under their own authority
And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. Exodus 5:2
Notice Pharaohs response, Who is Yahweh? This is probably the same response many non believers will give when you preach them the gospel. Their eyes and ears are blinded, they live in darkness because they dont have the Holy Spirit. Pharaoh declares “He doesnt know Yahweh”
Well atleast Pharaoh is being honest, while many profess to know Christ, Jesus said He doesn’t even know many of them (Matthew 7) God is going to introduce himself personally to Pharaoh, as He is going to send the plagues which will reveal Gods sovereignty and He truly does exist!
And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword. Exodus 5:3
Notice Moses and Aaron had the Fear of God, their telling Pharaoh if you reject God he will display his wrath upon you. Many today don’t want to Fear God and even talk about Gods wrath. They try to create a God in their own image or mind that doesn’t judge or shouldnt be feared, this is not Biblical
The Fear of Yahweh (The Lord) is the beginning of wisdom and understanding (Proverbs 9:10) Many dont know God because they dont fear God, they have no reverence or respect for him. Pharaoh is about to find out all about the true Living God, as the Bible says “ Its a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God” (Hebrews 10:31) Amen!