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Moment of Intervention

"Then Pharaoh's servants said to him, 'How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God. Do you not yet know that Egypt is destroyed?'" - Exodus 10:7

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Short Recap?

In the last couple of articles we had taken a look at how God was using Moses to announce the next plague that He was about to unleash upon the Egyptian kingdom if Pharaoh didn't quickly give in to Moses' demands, when it came to the Israelites being able to go and serve their God in the wilderness.

And it would seem that Pharaoh was preparing himself to take another judgment blow upon his chin from the Almighty.

But something very interesting would occur soon after Moses had announced the next plague to Pharaoh.

For we now find that those who were remaining loyal to the Egyptian ruler, had approached their beloved king, and upon doing so, would offer up a hard dose of reality:

"Then Pharaoh's servants said to him, 'How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God. Do you not yet know that Egypt is destroyed?'" - Exodus 10:7

And make no mistake; this is what I'd like to call "Pharaoh's moment of intervention." Know that often times, a person can get so caught up in their personal battles; to where at times, they fail to realize, that they aren't the only one who's being affected by what's going on around them.

You see, although overall Pharaoh had already lost a lot behind the "judgment plagues" that the Lord was raining down upon him and the Egyptian kingdom - he still hadn't lost enough that would have made him, to get serious about letting Moses and the Israelites go to serve their God. I truly believe that Pharaoh was willing to endure another "judgment plague" at this point from within the Sacred Record - but the people that remained loyal to him, the servants that Pharaoh trusted the most were beginning to change when it came to their stance against the Lord.

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What Else Can the Lord Take?

Pharaoh no longer had those around him, who could truly deny what the Lord was doing through Moses. For they were finally starting to realize, that the God of the Israelites ought to be taken very seriously. Understand that these Egyptian loyalists had already lost, for what seemed to be - everything. For they had already lost all their cattle, livestock, and a nice chunk of their grain resources, and possibly lost some very valuable friends and servants from within the fields during the tremendous hail storm that had just taken place. I mean after all, they must've been thinking: "What else could the Lord take away from us?"

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A Hard Lesson Learned?

Needless-to-say, it's probably safe to state, that they weren't willing to find out either: "How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God. Do you not yet know that Egypt is destroyed?" And personally, I like to think, that those who had approached and expressed their concerns to Pharaoh, must have been some very important people that he'd trusted? I make this claim, simply because, after Pharaoh had his moment of intervention - we quickly find him demanding that Moses and Aaron needed to be brought before him: "So Moses and Aaron were brought again to Pharaoh, and he said to them, 'Go, serve the Lord your God. Who are the ones that are going?" - Exodus 10:8

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Everything Goes Into Question?

And once again, we now find Pharaoh possibly giving in to Moses' demands, or at the very least, giving it some very serious thought: "Go, serve the Lord your God. Who are the ones that are going?" Now notice, that even though it seemed that Pharaoh was ready to give in to Moses' demands, he still couldn't bring himself to give up, what he felt was "having complete control" over the Israelites. The mere fact that Pharaoh was conceding to Moses to begin with, came with great personal risk for the Egyptian ruler.

Everything he thought he knew when it came to himself and the nation that he ruled, would be brought into question. One could also wonder how the Egyptian ruler would handle being "that Pharaoh" that had lost his kingdom because of a slave named Moses. Know that all that the Egyptians had ever known, when it came to that "ideological foundation" that had been built around their rich cultural heritage and traditions - built around those things that they'd felt, had made them what they were as a nation - would now be forever shaken and filled with "cracks of doubt."

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What Can Man Offer?

And this is what happens when one buys into the ideology, philosophy and the scientific theories that have been conjured up from within the limited minds of men. For if one is not careful, one could easily find themselves trapped from within a world that was built on what man had to offer. For man can give you things that deal with gaining access to very important people through connections or networks. But in order for one to be able to access such a network, that person must be found to have the same ideology of those from within that network.

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Is It Really Worth It?

And of course once inside the network, a person could gain favors and career opportunities. But know that these favors and opportunities are conditional, being that one better mind their place, for if they don't, they will eventually find themselves up against those with a "mob mentality" who aren't afraid to use very aggressive intimidation tactics in order to keep some sort of control over them. I often wonder if any amount of money, or one possibly gaining a position of influence (or both) - is ever worth one constantly living under the threat of being blackmailed, blacklisted, blackballed, boycotted or being cutoff from those very same "ideological connections and networks" if one doesn't continue to "toe the line?"

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A Limited Mind Sees No Reward?

And of course, most of the time, when one thinks about coming away from a world that they have personally invested so much in, a world that they have allowed to have so much control over them, they find that if they were to leave it, the cost would seem to be too steep - both emotionally and financially.

For a person could easily see themselves losing everything that the world has provided them (or what the world is threatening to take away from them), while feeling like they would have gained nothing in return if they were to turn their back on it. But what the "slaves of the world" fail to realize, that if one were to have the courage to come away from what man is offering, by coming away from the world - they will quickly discover that they're no longer shackled to a network of people who are constantly trying to control them.

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What God Offers?

For they will eventually find themselves the way that God had intended them to be in the first place: mentally free from the world, independent and unique with something to offer that's not common (or apart of the collective). For God teaches us not to be afraid to be our own person. And of course by following God you probably won't be the wealthiest, or the most famous, or the most powerful - but I'll tell you this, you'll be free to be "you."

And this is one of the many things that God has given us - the ability to be all that He has created us to be. For He gives us the strength and confidence to be able to rip away from the "ranking judgment system" that society uses when it comes to labeling, or classifying us a person. For the Lord constantly reminds us that it doesn't matter how much education that we have, or what type of job that we go to, or how wealthy we are, or if we're physically attractive or not - God tells us that He loves us regardless, but when it comes to the world, know that their approval is constantly found to be conditional.

In the next Bible Study Online Article:

It would seem that Pharaoh has been given an out by those who were advising and remaining loyal to him. For they now realize that going against God isn't the wisest thing to do. But will the Egyptian ruler be able to put his pride aside long enough in order for him to seriously, take heed to their advice?

May God blessings be upon you, and thank you for your ongoing support

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