Exodus 10: What Do We Do When We Have Problems with Other People?
If I were Pharaoh, I think that I would have been pretty scared about the message Moses left at the end of Exodus chapter 10.
To set the stage a little bit, Moses had been coming to Pharaoh after every plague, but Pharaoh would never let the people of Israel leave to go worship God in the wilderness. Finally, everything came to kind of a climax.
Exo 10:28 And Pharaoh said unto him, Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die.
Exo 10:29 And Moses said, Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more.
What does that mean? Well I don’t want to jump ahead to tomorrow prematurely, but let’s just focus on these two verses for right now. In fact, I want to focus on something that stands out to me about this passage rather than the text of that passage itself (does that make sense?).
I don’t think that many of us operate with life or death stakes most of the time, but we do have relationships that can be a little bit tense. However, how do we handle that tension? Are we like Pharaoh and simply shut down the relationship altogether?
There are certain ways that God wants us to relate to each other.
In fact, if we fast forward through time to the Sermon on the Mount, we find that we aren’t even supposed to worship while we still have problems going on with others.
Mat 5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
If you think about it, that is a pretty heavy charge. Given a lot of what I have been writing lately, you may remember how we are supposed to worship all the time and always be giving thanks. In a sense, if we think about our worship as a gift (Psalms 100:4 states that we give praise to God which feels like a gift because we give it), this verse is pretty much saying that we don’t have time to be angry with our brothers.
Think about it, if we are not supposed to leave our offering of worship on the altar until we reconcile with whoever we are having a problem with, time is going to go by where we aren’t leaving that offering.
That flies completely in the face of worshiping all the time because we can’t do that if we have to take time off.
Therefore, it becomes relatively obvious that having tense relations with others is a major problem. When we are angry with others, we are wasting time that we should be praising, and we should aspire to be praising all the time.
I know that I kind of started you in Exodus before taking you over to a somewhat different topic, but when I saw the tension in that relationship, it made me think about how God really wants us to treat each other all the time.