Corpse on the seashore

Statue of pharaoh Amenhotep II of the 18th dyn...

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“The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.”  Psalm 58:10

If you feel put-off by the above verse, you don’t understand the concept of a God that gets even with those who harm or intend to harm His children. We all know that Pharoah (Amenhotep II) personally, with the better part of his army chased Moses and the Israelites in the book of Exodus in order to enslave them once again, and possibly even kill them all out of vengeance. But we know from the book of Romans that “Vengeance is mine,….says the Lord”. But this is what happened once the Israelites reached the Red Sea and the Egyptians tried to pursue them through the parted waters, which God had provided for Moses’ escape.

“And Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the seashore.”  Exodus 14:30

Take a second, and just imagine the sight the children of God must have seen. Hundreds, maybe even thousand of soldiers that were on the brink of overtaking them, now laying lifeless on the shore behind them. We know that one of those bodies was that of Pharoah. This “pocket that death has turned inside out and emptied”. A jeweled hand lying to the side of a once great body. This was in fact the end of Pharoah Amenhotep II. Wiped out, along with his meanest soldiers by the very hand of God. How did the leader of the proudest nation in all of creation wind up this way? Take a look at this:

(God to Pharoah, through Moses) “I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”  Exodus 9:16

Without proper context, we can only conclude that God created Amenhotep to destroy him for his own purposes. Or maybe not. Remember after all Jesus said “As my Father has sent me, even so I send you”. That would indicate that God determines everything right? Wrong. To believe that, would be to believe that God would intend that one of two brothers would become a “Judas” and the other would become a “John”. Or, in the case of today’s message that God would make one into Moses, and the other into Pharoah. If that were the case, then wouldn’t Judas be just as much a part of God’s plan, as John? If that were the case, then we Christians would be followers of a very cruel and uncaring God wouldn’t we? But that is not the case at all, as we know just from reading John 3:16. God loved Moses and Pharoah (read closely here) JUST THE SAME. Judas Iscariot, was just as dear and close to the heart of our Lord as the Apostle John. But Judas and Pharoah were evil men right? Yes they were, but it was by their own unwillingness to make the choice of believing and following God.

Now, back to the last vision of Pharoah, lying dead on the banks of the Red Sea. Pharoah lies here, NOT because of God’s purpose for him, this wasn’t at all what God originally intended for this man, or any other man. God is not willing “that ANY should perish”. But, like many of us, Pharoah resisted God. Perfect example: God told Jeremiah the prophet “Arise and go down to the Potter’s house and there I will cause you to hear my word”. So, being a man of God, he did. When Jeremiah got there he noticed three things immediately. The Potter, a man working. A pottery wheel, his tool of the trade. And finally, the clay that he used to make the pottery. He watched the Potter making a product, but something in the clay, some inconsistency would just not shape-up. So he started over. He made it all over again. In the mind of the Potter, when he began the piece, he planned on making it perfect, he envisioned the finished product. But the clay fought him, so he had to start over again and use that to make his finished product. Outside the Potter’s home was the Potter’s Field. This is where all of the products that simply would not mold correctly into perfection wound up. Jeremiah saw this field and noticed all of the shattered, crushed, broken, flawed pieces that would never be what the Potter wanted them to be to begin with. But we also know that for every single piece of pottery that messed up, he created it all over again.

Does that sound familiar? When we mess up our lives, God begins all over again. We can never be that perfect creation that God made in the beginning. Our ministry of half of a life can NEVER be what it was meant to be had we given the entire life. But, especially for the younger readers, God still has a big part of your life left to mold into his finished product. But the longer we wait to adhere to his way for our lives, the less he will have to mold. For every time we force God to start over with us, we lose less of that beauty he originally planned for us, until in some cases, we never become any form of finished product in God’s eyes. This was the case for Pharoah. At some point in his ultimate defiance of God’s words, Pharoah became a useless, hard-hearted piece of clay that was no longer workable. Back to the Potter’s Field, do you think that those pieces are out there because the Potter decided to sit down and make flawed pieces just to toss outside and let break and shatter to pieces….not at all. There was something in the clay that resisted the hands of the Potter, just like we do with God.

At the end of the day, in the event Pharoah’s cold, dead body could have spoken the story of his life as an example to those children of God that had just been delivered from his wrath, I believe Amenhotep’s corpse would have said this: “Look at me and see what a terrible thing it is to rebel against God. Behold me and see the tragic failure of a man who persistently threw himself in wickedness against the wishes of the Almighty God” Keep in mind, this man had the privilege of knowing arguably the greatest hero in the Old Testament, Moses. But he wouldn’t listen even to him.

Today you have a choice. It is the same choice that Pharoah had, that Judas had, that John had, and that Moses had. The choice is are you going to rebel against God’s wishes and become just another casualty of the pottery wheel? Or will you submit to yourself and to God that you are simply clay that wishes to be molded by his hands. 

I hope we all chose correctly. If you have not made any choice at all as to where your faith lies. If you wish to seek God, to give him your life and make the most important decision of your life, I encourage you to click HERE. I have outlined just how to do that in a simple way. There is a transaction that must be made. If you have left God before and want to come home, you have to ask all over again. It isn’t a one-and-done decision. It isn’t something you can just pick up when it suits your needs, ask Pharoah, who only conceded to the will of God to suit his own purposes on occasion.

God Bless,

Chris

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