Expressions of Faith

Bishop Monterey D. Lee, Sr

Exodus 5:1-3: “1 Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, Thus says the Lord God of Israel: Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness. 2 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.” 3 And they said, “God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the Lord our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.””

Pharaoh was familiar with many gods. (Egypt was filled with them) There were over 2,000 deities of gods and goddesses in Egypt. Pharaoh knew of all of the gods that controlled the people. He had never heard of the God of Israel; for there cannot be a God of the Hebrew salves this powerful. Pharaoh was not at all worried about Moses’ message, for he had not yet seen any evidence of the Lord’s power.

Pharaoh would not listen to Moses and Aaron because he did not know or respect their God.

People who do not know God may not listen to His Word or His messengers. When you are rejected by your faith, don’t be surprised or discourage. Your reasonability is to continue to tell them about God. Moses and Aaron took their message to Pharaoh just as God directed them. Moses and Aaron were Kinsmen-Redeemers.

A Kinsmen-Redeemer is a male or female relative whom, according to various laws found in the Pentateuch, had the responsibility to act for a relative(s) who were in trouble, danger, or in need of vindication.

As a near relative you are the designated male or female who delivers and rescues.

Moses and Aaron were kinsmen in Exodus 5:1.

This is the word of the Lord for God’s people: “thus says the Lord God of Israel: Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.”

There will be times of unhappy results when you are doing the work of the Kingdom of God. When you see people oppressed, and God has given you a Word, you are the one that God can trust for the work of the Kingdom to be completed. You are the called of God, for this oppressed world.

Jesus Christ is our Kinsmen Redeemer, according to John 3:16-17: “16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

Jesus is the kinsman-redeemer; one that redeems us from sin and identifies himself with us.

You must take identity in Christ. “You did not choose me, but I’ve chosen and commissioned you to go into the world to bear fruit. And your fruit will last, because whatever you ask of my father, for my sake, He will give you,” John15:16.

“Jesus is your way to the Father. Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me,” John 14:1.

Hebrews 2:11 says, “both the one who makes men holy (sanctifies) and those who are made holy are of the same family. Jesus is not only our redeemer from sin, but He is our elder brother and the work He did is the work we must be about in the earth.”

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