Summary: An appeal to submit the authority of God as Sovereign Lord
“Who is the LORD?”
“And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. 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.”
Exodus 5:1-2 KJV
I can remember, as a child, that there were times when we really tried our mother’s patience. Whenever we would get out of line by saying or doing something that mother deemed as being disrespectful to her, she would say something like: “Y’all must don’t know who I am!” That was mother’s way of warning us that we were about to go too far! Well, in our text for today, Moses and Aaron presented themselves before Pharaoh with a message from the Most-High God. The message was: “Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.” And it would seem that Pharaoh’s sarcastic and prideful response was his way of saying to Moses, Aaron and the LORD: “Y’all must don’t know who I am! And since you don’t know; you’d better ask somebody! I am the great and powerful Pharaoh! I am the ruler of all of Egypt! Who is the LORD that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I know not the LORD and neither will I let Israel go!”
Now, as we look at the response of Pharaoh, we must understand that Pharaoh didn’t ask this question in order to get information. Moses and Aaron had already told him that they had come as representatives of the LORD God of Israel. No! Pharaoh didn’t really want to know who the LORD was in regard to identity; he wanted to know who the LORD was in that the LORD has the right or the power to tell him what to do! And that, my brothers and sisters, has been the main problem with humanity every since Adam and Eve: Mankind has always had a problem with submitting to the authority of God. When the abortionists advocate a woman’s right to choose; they are asking: Who is the LORD to tell a woman she can’t have an abortion if she wants to? After-all, a woman has the right to do what she wants with her own body! It’s all about a woman’s right to choose! But what about an unborn child’s right to live? The Bible plainly states that murder is wrong! But then, who is the LORD that He has the right to dictate what’s right and what’s wrong? Those who are pushing for same-sex marriage are asking the same question! What’s wrong with two people committing their lives to one another and society accepting it? It doesn’t really matter that they are of the same gender! If they love one another and want to be together, that’s all that matters! Why should their lives be governed and dictated by an ancient religious book? Who is the LORD anyway, to say what a marriage is and is not? Well, the main fallacy of that argument is that one of the main reasons for marriage originally was for the purpose of procreation. Happiness was to be just a by-product of that process! But people have made the secondary the primary! And when you make something that was intended to be a by-product the main product, you negate or nullify the original purpose. Now since it was God who instituted marriage in the first place, then He is the only one who has the right to say what is right and what is wrong about what He instituted. But, who is the LORD that we should obey him and live our lives under the oppression of His rule?