Summary: For every "Israelite" with a promise there is a Pharaoh, a stubborn pursuer who relentlessly assails and doggedly trails. But no matter the strength and the size of the enemy’s hosts, there is also a Red Sea waiting to swallow them up. "Israel" of God mu
“And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.
And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:
And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.” Exo 1:6-14
Exodus 6:1; 1:6-11 : The spirit of Pharaoh is, in one way or another, evident in almost every life. In fact every man is born into the domain of a Pharaoh, the enclave of Egypt. We will examine the various manifestations of this spirit and see the way God has vowed to terminate its regime in our lives.
I. Loss of rights and privileges Ex. 6:8
When Joseph died in Egypt a new king (pharaoh) arose who didn’t know him or remember all the good things he did to sustain and preserve Egypt. The new pharaoh suddenly stopped all the rights and privileges the children of Israel had been enjoying in Egypt. He took away their freedom; he stagnated their economy, and put their future in jeopardy.
When you suddenly lose your job, your marriage, when your freedom is taken from you without your fault, when your past good deed is not remembered, but instead men are repaying you with evil it is likely that the spirit of pharaoh is at work.
II. Discrimination Ex.1:9-14
Pharaoh began a subtle campaign of discrimination against the children of Israel. Egypt began to envy Israel. The jobs that the Egyptians would not do were forced on the Israelites. When anyone has to deal with you because of your race or your status or your class, such is manifesting the spirit Pharaoh. When your appointment is terminated, or somebody else is placed above you just because of your color, tone of voice, then the spirit of Pharaoh is at work.
III. Relentless enemies or Stubborn pursuers Ex. 15:9
Some men have been pursued from the womb. Their enemies are relentless and it doesn’t matter even if they relocate from one country to another, their problems are never over. Pharaoh and his hosts pursued the children of Israel even in the face of many undeniable evidences of God’s signs and wonders in Egypt. Is it not the case with many people today? After many laying of hands, many dreams and revelation of deliverance, many falling down under the anointing, yet the problems remain. This is the spirit of Pharaoh at work! The spirit that vows not to let you go.
IV. Labor without measurable reward Ex. 1:11
Pharaoh set taskmasters over the Israelites to afflict them. They worked from morning to evening without release, without a “thank you”. They labored for other men to enjoy. “They built for Pharaoh Treasure cities, Pithom and Ramese”. Are you in such a state? Building for others to enjoy while you are struggling to pay the bills? Does the work you do feel like an affliction? It is likely the regime of Pharaoh needs to be terminated!
V. Death of breakthrough at infancy Ex. 1:15-16
Pharaoh knew that the strength of Israel was their strong men of war. He was troubled by the population growth of Israel. He must do something quickly to handle the threat – kill all the male children immediately they were born! How many dreams, visions, great projects were aborted before they take off! When pregnancies are aborted or miscarried, the spirit of Pharaoh is at work. When hopes are dashed, when opportunities suddenly fizzle out and expectations crumble, It is time to deal with the spirit of Pharaoh.
Life in Egypt is an unending toil. It is incarceration in its worst definition. Worse still, it is a life experiencing the worst of human rights abuse where discrimination, loss of recompense, abortion of hopes and destruction of vision are the order of the day.
Egypt is not to be the permanent or resting place for any member of Zion. It is not a destination but a temporary bus stop for the pilgrims on the way to Canaan. When a believer tarries longer than necessary where Pharaoh rules it will demand certain divine operations to uproot him to where his God has detailed for him.