I started reading through Exodus a few days ago. Today I was amazed at what I read in chapter eight. The standoff between Moses and Pharaoh for the fate of the Children of Israel was quite the battle. At this point Moses went to Pharaoh and said, “Thus says the Lord, “Let my people go, that they may serve Me. But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite your whole territory with frogs.” Of course that is exactly what happened because of Pharaoh’s stubborn, hard-hardheartedness and his refusal to do what the Lord says.
As you read through these ten plagues you start to see Pharaoh cracking a little bit with each disaster that comes on his country. Here the frogs finally did get to him so he tells Moses “Entreat the Lord that he remove the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the Lord.” Here’s the part that struck me in my morning reading today. Moses’ response to Pharaoh was “The honor is yours to tell me: when shall I entreat for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs be destroyed from you and your houses, that they may be left only in the Nile?” Moses is giving the Pharaoh the privilege of telling him when to entreat the Lord? Amazing! Even though God has commissioned Moses to free Israel and given him authority over Pharaoh he still behaves with a servants heart.
Pharaoh’s response to Moses is “Tomorrow.” So Moses says to him, “May it be according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God.” At this point Moses’ confidence in God is truly astounding. He promises Pharaoh it will be done as you say, trusting that the Lord will come through for him. These are the kinds of things that make us see Moses as a superhuman, or someone we could never be like, but wait there’s more.
After the conversation with Pharaoh Moses went and cried out to the Lord concerning the frogs, and don’t miss this part “The Lord did according to the word of Moses, and the frogs died out of the houses, the courts, and the fields.” As I read “The Lord did according to the word of Moses” this morning I was blown away. Think about this with me for a minute. This seems like it should have read, “Moses did according to the word of the Lord”, not “The Lord did according to the word of Moses.” I suppose the simple point here is to trust that when God calls you to a task he will do what he promises to do, and our job is to live as if we believe him. We see this type of boldness throughout the scriptures.
Elijah came boldly to King Ahab and declared “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” Wow! that’s pretty bold isn’t it? Did you catch that? Elijah said, “except by my word.”
Joshua was another one who made a bold declaration before leading the Children of Israel over the Jordan into the Promised Land. Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, saying, Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you are to cross this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you, to possess it.” Joshua was speaking in faith what God had told him. Joshua believed God and told the others to get ready to watch the fulfillment of God’s promise. You see walking by faith is always contrasted with walking by sight. In other words if you have to see it first it isn’t really faith at all.
There is one more that comes to mind and that’s Abraham. I won’t spend the time retelling his story here, but I would like to remind you the Bible tells us “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Abraham believed God for something that looked impossible to man’s natural reasoning and didn’t actually come to fruition for many, many years. Abraham believed in the “God that gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.” What this means is Abraham believed in the God that calls things into our visible, matter, space and time realm which are in the invisible, eternal, timeless, Spirit realm.
I know for some when they hear this type of talk they’ll say, “Oh yeah, those are the blab it and grab it, name it and claim it take it home and frame it type of believers.” I assure you that isn’t what I’m talking about here. What I am saying is if God has given you a promise he wants us to live as though it is true…because it is. After all wasn’t it Jesus who said things like, “Whatever you ask in my name I will do it” and “That if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by my Father who is in heaven?”