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Exodus 5:1 After this presentation to Israel’s leaders, Moses and Aaron went and spoke to Pharaoh. They told him, “This is the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Let my people go so they may hold a festival in my honor in the wilderness.” 2”Is that so? retorted Pharaoh. And who is the Lord? Why should I listen to him and let Israel go? I don’t know the Lord and will not let Israel go.” 3But Aaron and Moses persisted. The God of the Hebrews has met with us, they declared. “So let us take a three day journey into the wilderness so we can offer sacrifices to the Lord our God. If we don’t, he will kill us with a plague or with the sword.” 4Pharaoh replied replied, “Moses and Aaron why are you distracting the people in the land, and you are stopping them from their work.” 5Look, there are many of your people in the land, and you are stopping them from their work.”


(Part 2 from Series: NO BETTER TIME)

Opening: God is going to outlast any NO in this world. So when you receivea no, just decide if you’re going to proceed and continue to be persistent.

Pharaoh was familiar with many gods (Egypt was one of them), but he had never heard of the God of Israel. Pharaoh was not at all worried about Moses’ message, for he had not yet seen any evidence of God’s power. So Pharaoh had no respect.

Exodus 5:22 “Then Moses went back to the Lord and protested, Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? 23Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people. And you have done nothing to rescue them!

Moses questions his identity again, God’s motive, and God’s strategy

Examples of emotional repercussions:

  • emotional toll
  • avoidance
  • weaker life

God does not define you by your emotions and behavior (as a believer, I’m defined by “who I am in Christ”)

Because I am in Christ:

Romans 9:25 says I am beloved

Col. 3:12 says I am chosen

Col. 2:13 says I am forgiven

EXPECT NO to become N.O.(New opportunities)

Exodus 7:1-10