Who is the Lord that We Should Obey Him?
Pharaoh asks the question for the ages, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him?” [Ex 5:2] Characteristic of the Lord, He does not respond directly; the answer comes with the unfolding of the ten plagues. Each plague is a response to Pharaoh’s question. And each additional plague is more severe than the previous one.
As the events unfolded, the stakes got higher. The Lord demonstrated himself to Pharaoh through the first nine plagues, yet Pharaoh refused to believe the Lord should be obeyed.
After the thick darkness of the ninth plague that affected the Egyptians but not the camp of Israel, the Lord, through Moses, raised the stakes. He required that Pharaoh himself provide animals for the Israelites’ sacrifices; “You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. Our livestock also must go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind.” [Ex 10:25-26]
With each experience Pharaoh had with the Lord, more was required of him. Today, our lives are a response to the question, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey Him?” We can choose to spend our time, talent and treasure for ourselves or expend it for Him where it will last.
As we have more experiences with the Lord, more will be required of us. Jesus teaches in Luke 12:48, “Everyone to whom much is given, of him will much be required …” We are called to respond in radical ways to the Lord’s work in our lives—offering ourselves as a living sacrifice. Only then will we sense His pleasure and joy evermore. Who is the Lord, that you should obey him? Start your response here.
Nelson Malwitz, Founder MissionNext
Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA and attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) in what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. He has been in 45 countries to work with leaders of leaders and see multiple cultures first hand.