A Breakthrough Word – Part 1

Friday, August 2, 2019

“Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses…” (Exodus 4:29-30 NIV)

When Moses arrived in Egypt, he knew exactly what God wanted him to say.  He began by sharing his message with the Hebrew leaders… God was about to do something great and announced it beforehand to his chosen people.  They received it with praise, much to Moses’ delight.  Perhaps his mission would prove easier than he had thought.  But Moses had yet to deliver God’s word to the man least likely to listen…

The same word that was joyfully received by an enslaved people was met with mocking disdain from Pharaoh.  So don’t be surprised when you encounter this kind of ridicule, a common response to God’s word.  After all, God is at work, separating out a remnant of people as his own through the preaching of the gospel, though the “pharaohs” have always been in the majority.

Remember, too, that the teaching and miracles of Jesus himself failed to convert most of Jerusalem.  Our task is not to widen the narrow road as if God needs help to build his church.  Instead, we need to be faithful in delivering the message.  God will take care of the results.  Keep in mind how the apostle Paul described his own ministry:  "For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life" (2 Corinthians 2:15-16).

Any ministry that is faithful to God will reap a harvest, but it will also confront the mocking rejection of multitudes.  Unfortunately, the wide road still has lots of folks on it.

Pharaoh’s adamant refusal must have tested Moses’ faith in the success of his mission… Moses must have been startled by the hostility that the word of the Lord produced against him.  Where was the fulfillment he was anticipating?  Where was God?  He had mustered the courage to deliver God’s message only to be falsely accused of leading a wildcat labor strike against the nation! …

Yet Pharaoh wasn’t content to merely say no to God.  He gave orders that the slaves would no longer be given straw for making bricks even though they would be required to meet the same quotas.  Instead of producing deliverance, the word of the Lord had produced a worse predicament for everyone.  The God who had promised to be with Moses when he appeared to him in the desert seemed not to have made the trip to Egypt…

To be continued…

-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Breakthrough Prayer)

Read Exodus 4:29—5:9.

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