Exodus 5:1: 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.
There is something highly significant to the way that Moses and Aaron approach Pharaoh. These two men were the representatives of the God of Heaven. They carried the staff of authority by which they would later do mighty miracles.
Why didn't Moses just announce to Pharaoh that they were leaving and would no longer submit to his tyrnical kingship. Why did Israel have to wait until they received the authority of Pharaoh to leave?
Does this tell us something about how God treats people in positions of authority that He has established. Let us remember that all authority comes from God.
Romans 13:1,2: Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
If God gave the Israelites power to just wipe the Egyptians out, they never would have begun to understand that Egyptian slavery is much deeper than a physical thing. It is a slavery of the mind. Even when God promised them that He would deliver them, they would not believe it.
Exodus 6:6-9: Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
If God had released Israel immediately, they never would have had to face their deep seated unbelief. So today, if our God immediately releases us from the apostasy we are in, we will not have to confront the deep seated unbelief in our hearts. We must wait for our God to deliver us and have faith that He will do what He has promised and that He will glorify His begotten Son.
Many of us are now making brick without straw; our lot is hard and we are no longer desired in our churches. Now is the time to rejoice that we are counted worthy to suffer for the name of our Lord Jesus and to trust that He will deliver us and will turn many to righteousness. Only let us remember that the One who estabished the Adventist Church will not undermine that authority, but will be pleading with the leaders to first turn to this message and then to let us go and if this fails, then he will send judgements. But this is His work and we must wait for our deliverance. He has not given the rod of authority to any of us yet. At the right time, He will do this and then we will all know what we must do and what part we must play. Only let us be faithful and believe that our God will deliver us.