24th March 2017

Who is the Lord? 

Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the Lord, that I should obey him…?’”
Exodus 5:1-2 (NIVUK)

Recently a statue of an Egyptian Pharaoh was found in Cairo. It is a remarkable find, and has excited archaeologists and Egyptologists worldwide. The giant (8 metres) statue is said to be of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt over 3000 years ago. Some scholars have suggested that Ramses II could possibly have been the pharaoh of the Exodus, whereas others say maybe it was Thutmose III or Amenhotep II, depending on how you date the Exodus. The Bible doesn’t say, and we don’t really know.

What we know from studying ancient manuscripts is that, typically, a pharaoh would have seen himself as the personification of Horus, the son of the sun-god Re, and the only representation of the divine on earth. Pharaoh’s response to Moses and Aaron should be understood in that context. Pharaoh, not Moses, was the one who had access to the will of the gods, and there was no earthly authority above that of Pharaoh. Therefore, who was this Lord that the divine king of Egypt should obey?

Pharaoh’s question is relevant to us today. We live in a society in which people don’t like to be told what to do. We might obey the general laws of our country, but when it comes to someone trying to tell us how to live our lives, forget it. We’ll decide on our own spirituality and all that it entails. We think we don’t need a Lord to obey and follow. We have become, you could say, our own gods.

Even some Christians shy away from the words “obey” and “obedience”, thinking it’s not politically correct to mention them often. Yet the New Testament writers don’t hesitate to call us to obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ and to his gospel of grace.

Note the words of the apostle John, “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands” (2 John 6).

Who is the Lord, that we should obey him? The answer is Jesus Christ.

Prayer
Help us, Father, through the eternal Spirit, to heed the words of your son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and to obey him in everything. In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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