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, but the answer comes with the unfolding of the ten plagues. Each plague is a response to Pharaoh’s question; each is more severe than the previous one.
As the plagues unfold, the stakes get higher. The Lord has demonstrated himself to Pharaoh through the first nine plagues, yet Pharaoh still refuses 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, raises the stakes. He requires that Pharaoh himself provide animals for the Israelites’ sacrifices as well their own; “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)
As Pharaoh experienced more 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 keep our time, talent and treasure or spend it for Him.
As we have more experience with the Lord, more is 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. 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.