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For Every Pharaoh

“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 AMP

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Memory Verse

“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 AMP

Key People

Here is a list of key people – the who’s who of overcomers, found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Jeremiah. Also called the “weeping prophet”. One of the major prophets of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. According to Jewish tradition, Jeremiah authored the Book of Jeremiah, the Books of Kings and the Book of Lamentations, with the assistance and under the editorship of Baruch ben Neriah, his scribe and disciple.

Baruch. Served as Jeremiah’s faithful friend and scribe, and he carefully recorded the prophecies given to Jeremiah by God. He was from a prominent family and his grandfather Maaseiah had been governor of Jerusalem in the days of King Josiah (2 Chr 34:8).

Who’s Who of Overcomers

Daniel. (Hebrew name meaning “God is my Judge”) is the protagonist in the Book of Daniel of the Hebrew Bible. In the narrative, Daniel was one of several children taken into Babylonian captivity where they were educated in Chaldean thought. However, he never converted to Neo-Babylonian ways. Through instruction from “the God of Heaven” (Dan.2:18), he interpreted dreams and visions of kings, thus becoming a prominent figure in the court of Babylon. He also had apocalyptic visions concerning the four monarchies. Some of the most famous events in Daniel’s life are: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the writing on the wall and Daniel in the lions’ den.

David. Depicted as an acclaimed courageous warrior, and a poet and musician credited for composing much of the psalms contained in the Book of Psalms, King David is widely viewed as a righteous and effective king in battle and civil justice. He is described as ‘a man after God’s own heart’ in the books of I Samuel and Acts… According to 1 Samuel 17, the ‘men of Israel’ under King Saul faced the Philistines near the Valley of Elah. David had been sent by his father to bring provisions to his brothers with the army. He heard the Philistine giant Goliath challenge the Israelites to send their own champion to decide the outcome in single combat, and was overheard commenting that the uncircumcised Philistine should not insult the army of the living God. Brought to the king, he expressed confidence that he could defeat Goliath just as he had killed a lion and a bear threatening the flock. Saul reluctantly let David face Goliath.

David picked five smooth stones from a nearby brook, and struck Goliath in the forehead with a stone from his sling. Goliath fell dead, and David took Goliath’s sword and beheaded him. The Philistines fled in terror. Saul inquired about the name of the young champion and David told him that he was the son of Jesse. In 2 Samuel 22, David credited God for delivering him from the hand of the Philistines and saving him from “the snares of death,” in his psalm, “David’s Song of Praise.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on October 14, 1964 (my birth month and day number). This honor was majorly in recognition of his untiring work to end racial prejudice in the US by leading a non-violent resistance. On MLK Day, people worldwide recognize the historic and empowering service and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving their community. If you are looking for ways to get involved in the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, visit http://mlkday.gov. [1]

Elijah. According to the Books of Kings, Elijah defended the worship of Yahweh over that of the Canaanite idol Baal. He also had God perform miracles for him, which included raising the dead, bringing fire down from the sky, and having himself be taken up, “by a whirlwind”.[5] In the Book of Malachi, Elijah’s return is prophesied “before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord”… King Omri of Israel achieved domestic security with a marriage alliance between his son Ahab and princess Jezebel, a priestess of Baal and the daughter of the king of Sidon in Phoenicia.[9] These solutions brought security and economic prosperity to Israel for a time,[10] but did not bring peace with the Israelite prophets, who were interested in a strict deuteronomic interpretation of Mosaic law.

Under Ahab’s kingship, these tensions were exacerbated. Ahab built a temple for Baal, and his wife Jezebel brought a large entourage of priests and prophets of Baal and Asherah into the country. It is in this context that Elijah is introduced in 1 Kings 17:1 as Elijah “The Tishbite”. He warns Ahab that there will be years of catastrophic drought so severe that not even dew will fall, because Ahab and his queen stand at the end of a line of kings of Israel who are said to have “done evil in the sight of the Lord” …

Elijah’s name Hebrew means “My God is Yahweh”, and may be a title applied to him because of his challenge to worship of Baal. As told in the Hebrew Bible, Elijah’s challenge is bold and direct. Baal was the Canaanite god responsible for rain, thunder, lightning, and dew. Elijah not only challenges Baal on behalf of his own God, Yahweh, he challenges Jezebel, her priests, Ahab and the people of Israel.

Jesus. A typical Jew in Jesus’ time had only one name, sometimes supplemented with the father’s name or the individual’s hometown.[27] Thus, in the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as “Jesus of Nazareth”[g] (Matthew 26:71), “Joseph’s son” (Luke 4:22), and “Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth” (John 1:45). However, in Mark 6:3, rather than being called the son of Joseph, he is referred to as “the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon”. The four canonical gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are the main sources for the biography of Jesus. Christianity also refers to Jesus as the Christ, the first begotten son of the Living God. Jesus makes intercession for the world, serving as an advocate to the Father on your behalf.

Moses. According to the Book of Exodus, Moses was born in a time when his people, the Israelites, were increasing in numbers and the Egyptian Pharaoh was worried that they might ally with Egypt’s enemies.[7] Moses’ Hebrew mother, Jochebed, secretly hid him when the Pharaoh ordered all newborn Hebrew boys to be killed in order to reduce the population of the Israelites. Through the Pharaoh’s daughter (identified as Queen Bithia in the Midrash), the child was adopted as a foundling from the Nile river and grew up with the Egyptian royal family. After killing an Egyptian slave master (because the slavemaster was smiting a Hebrew), Moses fled across the Red Sea to Midian, where he encountered the God of Israel speaking to him from within a “burning bush which was not consumed by the fire” on Mount Horeb (which he regarded as the Mountain of God).

God sent Moses back to Egypt to demand the release of the Israelites from slavery. Moses said that he could not speak with assurance or eloquence,[8] so God allowed Aaron, his brother, to become his spokesperson. After the Ten Plagues, Moses led the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea, after which they based themselves at Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments. After 40 years of wandering in the desert, Moses died within sight of the Promised Land.

VERSUS…

Moses vs Pharaoh

The Egyptians had Pharaoh, but the Hebrews had Moses. Pharaoh had idols; but the Israelites have a living God. Pharaoh had gold and silver; but the Hebrews had prayer and songs. Pharaoh had temples and pyramids; but the Israelites were a chosen people, heirs to a city not made by hands. Pharaoh had slaves; but the Israelites had the promise of a deliverer.

David vs Goliath

The Philistines had Goliath, but the Israelties had David. Goliath had a sword; but David had a sling. Goliath had a shield; and David had a stone – symbolic of the Rock of Ages. Goliath had height; but David had anointing. Goliath had armor; but David had divine aim. Goliath had an army; but David had the captain of God’s Host.

Daniel vs Nebuchadnezzer

Nebuchadnezzer ruled Jerusalem; but Daniel had favor with God. Nebuchadnezzar had servants; but Daniel had friends of God. Nebuchadnezzer had dreams; but Daniel had interpretations.

Elijah vs Jezebel

Jezebel led King Ahab from Yahweh. Elijah led people to Yahweh from Baal. Jezebel was a princess; but Elijah was Prophet. Jezebel had her king’s signet; but Elijah had power of the King of Kings.

Jesus vs Herod

Herod was a king; but Jesus is the King of Kings.

Today’s Devotional Reading: Jeremiah 41 – 44

Jeremiah 41 Amplified Version (AMP)
Jeremiah 42 Amplified Version (AMP)
Jeremiah 43 Amplified Version (AMP)
Jeremiah 44 Amplified Version (AMP)

Reflection

This post is in progress.

The enemy’s force of attack is physical and psychological. His way is to divide and conquer. He knows that a house divided against itself cannot stand. This strategy has brought down many a strong man and kingdoms. Today, the priceless virtues of goodness and faith are found in unity. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. It is thusly that the believer stands in opposition to divisiveness and confusion. To get to this united front, if and where we are not already there, this is a point of demarcation, where forgiveness must be coveted and delivered liberally without fail.

If there is to be victory in spiritual battles, you must embrace the warfare of God – to allow Him to fight for you while you praise Him in advance for the victory and storm heaven with prayer. The presence of enemies does not mean that you are failing. On the contrary, the presence of enemies is proof that you have something to offer and something to defend that is worth fighting for. Therefore should you urge Christ all the more to be your advocate, calling the Host of heaven to your defense. Stand in unity with God’s presence and His will. If you have erred and fallen into a captivity as the Israelites oftentime did, you have this opportunity to turn from wicked ways and turn your heart to God, to worship and follow after Him. If you do this, he is faithful and just to send a deliverer into your midst.

When the people of God call upon Him to release a deliverer for the people of God from the Pharaohs and the Jezebels and the Nebuchadnezzar’s and the Herods and the Goliaths in the world, and they being faithful to Him the earth will be shaken and the course of imminent history changed because God is our Jehovah Nissi – our victory and in Him there is no place of failing. He will be victorious on our behalf. When our cries go up to His ears, Pharaoh will let our people go; and Jezebels will cease and surrender; and Nebuchadnezzar will testify that our God is true; Herods’ plans will fail; and Goliaths – no matter how tall, they will fall.

The unity that Dr. King envisioned is on the path to victory over the evils in the earth. Standing together in Christ, we call forth the presence of God who said He would be in the midst of two or three gathered in His name. The more we come together, the sooner every giant or demonic stand will be brought to naught. God loves unity and Jesus is the Prince of Peace. When we first seek His peaceful way with all, He rises to the challenge and opens the door to deliverance from any oppression. If we walk through the door of peace, there will be a deliverer for every captivity, and a balm for every hurt, and beauty for ashes, and grace for forgiveness.

Unity in God will cause even your enemies to be at peace with you; and every David, Daniel, Moses, Elijah, and Martin will prevail when they put aside every agenda except the will of the Triumphant Christ, the Lamb and Lion of Judah.


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