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Moses was not a fool. He spent all that time questioning God, because he knew Pharaoh would not be easy to deal with. As is typical with a tyrant, any pushback is met with severe consequence. The Children of Israel were already slaves. They were mistreated and abused. But, when they asked for some freedom—They were severely punished.

 The enemy did not want them to find any value in changing or any hope of freedom. He wanted them to be resigned and hopeless so that they would never question his authority.

 It is the same in our time. The world and the enemy do not want any pushback from the church. Christianity is dumb and backward In their minds and they want no Christian influence. Whether it is the post modern culture that supports all sin and deviance from God or the Muslim extremists that kill and enslave Christians, like Pharaoh, they want no pushback from God’s chosen. They want us silenced and gone.

 God reminds us, though, that we are to take heart and trust him—As he delivered Israel, so he will deliver his people today. But, like the Israelites before, we must be on our knees in prayer and we must not back away from the battle simply because it is difficult. The stakes are high and the battle fierce—But, I have read the end of the book and the good news is WE WIN!!!!!

 God Bless You

 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’”

Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”

Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.”

But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!” Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.”

That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”