The ridiculous claim that the Lord made was that Israel was going to plunder the Egyptians. This sounds ridiculous because how can a people who are in slavery, have been in slavery for centuries, and are still very much in slavery when the Lord finds them going to triumph over their slave masters? Our understanding is rather simple: if a people have been enslaved for centuries then it is very likely they will remain in slavery. However, the Lord promised that the Lord would deliver his people with a mighty hand. Is the Lord really able to do such a thing? What does this deliverance-exodus teach us about God’s redemption?
There is little doubt that Pharaoh claiming not to know the Lord is basically Pharaoh saying that the Lord of Israel is no match for him. The reality is that the Egyptians have held the Israelites for 400 some years and their God has not acted on their behalf so what can their God really do? Pharaoh heard the Lord’s warning through Moses, and should know that God means business. So, how much business does the Lord really mean? Is the Lord really ready to deliver his people from the Egyptian bondage? What can such a message declare about the Lord’s Sabbath rest?
It is rather strange to ask the Lord not to lead us into temptation because we are sinners who follow our sinful desires quit well. We also believe and affirm that God cannot sin. If God cannot sin, and we are sinners why would we then ask the Lord not to lead us into temptation? It seems that we are more than capable of finding and following temptation ourselves. So, why do we pray such a request, and why even ask the Lord such a thing when really it is our call to walk the straight and narrow in Christ? Right or is there more to this request?