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Pharaoh's Obstinacy,

Pharaoh's Obstinacy,

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BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.



Exodus v. 1.

And afterward Moses and Aaron went in,
and told Pharaoh, Thus saith tlie Lord
God of Israel, Let my people goy that they
may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
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.
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.



Exodus v. 1.

And afterward Moses and Aaron went in,
and told Pharaoh, Thus saith tlie Lord
God of Israel, Let my people goy that they
may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
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.

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PHARAOH'S OBSTIACYBY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.Exodus v. 1.And afterward Moses and Aaron went in,and told Pharaoh, Thus saith tlie LordGod of Israel, Let my people goy that theymay hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, thatI should obey his voice to let Israel go ?I know not the Lord, neither will I letIsrael go.We here enter on the Scripture history of Obe of the most audacious rebels against Iheword and authority of God that is to be metwith in all history ; and these verses describethe beginning of that controversy betweenthe Lord and Pharaoh^ which we shall havefor some time to consider in its progreto andend. How it will issue we may be wellPharaoh's obstinacy. 107assured; for who can contend against hisMaker ? But the steps by which God waspleased to get himself the Tictory are veryinteresting and insbiictiTe, fall of warningto every opposer of God's will, full of encou-ragement to aU whose cause he espouses.Moses and Aaron, having received theircomtnission, proceed into the presence of theKing of Egypt to deliver their message.Tbey dpeak to him in the name of the Lord.They tell him that they were sent by theGod of the people of Israel, and that Herequired him to permit his people to go andperform a certain service to him. " Let mypeople go, that they may hold a feast untome in the wilderness." othing is here
 
said of their quitting the land altogether, orof their return. Pharaoh was left to sup-pose that they would come back ; and ixndecthis supposition, which he had no reason torgect, Ms opposition and rebellion were themore flagrant and inexcusable. He was triedwith a small matter, but it was sufficient to. <»,U forth the pride of his heart, and manifesti»B contempt of God. And as the offence of 108 PHARAOH'S OBSTIACY.our first parents was the greater by being atransgression of a commandment easy to beobserved; so the refusal of Pharaoh to listento the demand of the Lord had this aggra-vation, that the demand was one, which asfar as it went might readily have been allowedwithout any material injury to himself or hiskingdom. With the secret purpose of God,even if he suspected it, he had nothing todo ; he was only concerned with that whichwas required of him.But turning aside for a while from Pha-raoh, let us see, my brethren, how God ownshis people. The message contains this re-cognition of them. Let my people go. Theywere God's people, though they were inaffliction and bondage. They were his peo-ple through the covenant which he had madewith their fathers, and he did not forgetthem; he owned them as such before theiroppressor. O brethren, if we be the peopleof God through the new covenant which hehas made in the Son of his love, the blessedJesul, never shall we be forgotten of him.We may be exposed to manifold trials, butPharaoh's obstinacy. 109even then the Lord hath not forsaken us^ norwill he he unmindful of us.
 
Yet let his people remember that the Lordrequires their service. " Let them go,"saith Moses to Pharaoh, ^^ that they mayhold a feast unto me in the ndldemessJ*^ We,brethren, have public services to perform ;we have solemn and sacred ordinances toobserve; we have righteous commandments tokeep, and holy duties to perform. Contem*plating ourselves in our covenant relationshipunto God, we should say with the Apostle," whose I am, and whom I serve." Mybrethren, if we are the Lord's people inChrist, not only are we permitted to cast allour care upon him, and to hope in his pro*tection and mercy, but he also has claimsupon our faithful service and dutiful obedi*-ence in all things. In him let us put ourtrust, but to him let us also devote our lives," I beseech you therefore, brethren," in thewords of St. Paul, " by the mercies of God,that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,holy, acceptable iinto God, which is your rea-sonable service."110 Pharaoh's obstinacy.There was no such obedi^at ^lispotttion inPharaoh. When God required him to pemiithis people to go and serve him^ he indig-nantly rejected the demand. These are hishaughty and insolent words ; '' Pharaoh said.Who is the Lord that I should obey his voiceto let Israel go ? I know not the L(»d,neither will I let Israd go.*' What animpious answer ! How contemptuously doeshe speak of God ! Who is tihie Lord ? Whathave I to do with him ? What greater orbetter is he than my gods ? Wliat right hashe in me? What authority to demand, orpower to compel me to obey him? Whyshould I care for the God of Israel ? He isnot the God whom I serve* " I know not theLord." Most true was that last sayi)^.Indeed he knew not the Lotd. He knew

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