Pharaoh Fought Against God And Lost
The Pharaoh who was king over Egypt when God demanded for His people to be let go was a stubborn and rebellious man. He would consistently harden his heart against God and refuse to let the people go. Every step of the way, he fought against God – even when God demonstrated His great power to Pharaoh. But, in fighting against God, consider what Pharaoh lost.
1) He lost his rule. Pharaoh was the king over the people of Egypt and he had ruled over the Israelites in their slavery. So, whenever he would demand for the Israelites to work even harder (such as in Exodus 5), the people would be put to hard labor. Yet, Pharaoh lost the battle against God whenever God poured out a series of ten plagues on Egypt (as recorded in Exodus 7-12). Even the magicians in Egypt were no match for the powerful hand of God. Thus, God demonstrated that although Pharaoh thought he was the one who ruled, God was the one who was really ruling. For instance, Exodus 14:4 says, “’Then I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord.’ And they did so.”
2) He lost his firstborn. The final of the ten plagues on Egypt was the death of the firstborn throughout the land of Egypt. Each one of these plagues were consequences for fighting against God and a lesson to all the people that God is in charge – not Pharaoh. And, whenever the final plague hit the land of Egypt, not even Pharaoh’s family was spared. Exodus 12:29-30 says, “And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock. So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead.”
3) He lost his army. After the Israelites left Egypt, Pharaoh’s heart was hardened again and he continued to fight against the Lord. This time, he gathered his army and chased after the Israelites. He took 600 of the best chariots, all the chariots of Egypt, captains, horsemen, and his army (Exodus 14:5-9). But, whenever his army caught up with the Israelites, God fought on the side of the Israelites and hindered the Egyptians. Even as the Egyptians were chasing the Israelites through the parted Red Sea, God made it difficult for the Egyptians. Eventually, God (through Moses) caused the dry land to be covered. Exodus 14:28 says, “Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained.”
4) He lost his life. Exodus 14:30 says, “So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.” After the walls of water had been closed, Pharaoh was among the dead. No matter how much power he thought he had during his earthly life, he could not be victorious against God. His rebellion led him to his physical death.
5) He lost his soul. Pharaoh died physically while he was fighting against God. He did not have another opportunity to repent of his sin. Therefore, we must conclude that Pharaoh lost his soul by fighting against God. For, no one can die fighting against the Almighty God and be saved eternally. The only way to be saved is to humble yourself in the sight of the Lord. So, Pharaoh will be counted among all those who “go away into everlasting punishment” on the Last Day (Matthew 25:46) because of his stubborn rebellion.
Pharaoh fought against God and lost – big time! He lost everything. But, most of all, he lost his soul. Now, he is an example for each person today who is fighting against God. We must all learn these lessons from Pharaoh and recognize that we cannot fight against God and win. The only victory that exists is through Jesus Christ and humbly serving Him!