The Bible is one of the greatest books ever written whose author is still alive, doing well and watching over His word to perform it. Written by Moses, the book of Exodus is one of my favorite books in the Bible. It is an exciting story of God delivering His people from slavery in Egypt. What’s amazing to me is that the same God who miraculously delivered His people is the same God who can deliver us today.
Although I have read the book of Exodus before, as I read the first chapter the other day I was reminded that some things hasn’t changed. For example, Exodus 1:16 says, “When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” What a mandate to give.
I believe that the spirit of Pharaoh is still active in society today. It wants to destroy your son. When you read Exodus you will find that Pharaoh was a king who was intimidated by the Israelites. The children of Israel were so fruitful that the land became filled with them. Although he was a king in power, he was fearful of their growth, increase and productivity. He feared that they would become so great in number that they would eventually turn against him and eventually abandon him. He feared that they would discover their purpose.
In order to keep the Israelites from becoming too numerous he oppressed them and worked them ruthlessly. But the more he oppressed them the more they multiplied. In other words, His plans actually worked against Him so he came up with plan B. This plan included killing every boy at birth. As I read this it dawned on me that the spirit of Pharaoh wanted to kill the boys back then and it’s still trying to kill the boys now, but why?
If you look at the story of creation in the book of Genesis you will see the purposes for which mankind was created. And in doing so, you will understand why Pharaoh wanted to kill all of the boys. “Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth”, Genesis 9:1. If there were no males there could be no increase. While females give birth, males carry the seed of multiplication, reproduction and increase. It’s through the male that the earth is filled and great nations are made.
Even though Pharaoh instituted a death sentence on boys, mankind [male and female] were blessed and destined to produce. Pharaoh obviously didn’t know that God said, “Let us make man in our image”, Genesis1:26. But because we are created in His image, we have the authority to live a productive and blessed life. “God blessed them [male and female] and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). You are not in the earth just to coast along, but to make a difference.
Although Pharaoh is still trying to kill, steal and destroy our sons the bigger picture is they have already been mandated to produce. Your son was born to be great. If he is not producing perhaps he needs to be reminded of what God said. Encouraged to believe what He said and act on it, so that he can live a productive and blessed life.
Everyone regardless of race, age, color or creed has experienced a type of Pharaoh in their lives from time to time. Pharaoh is symbolic. It represents bondage, oppression, power and control, depression, abuse, confusion and anxiety, despair and injustice. But the key words to remember here are, “Then God said”.
How do you save your son? Remember what God said and realize that the goal of the evil one is to keep your son from finding his place in the world. Whenever your son is dealing with a Pharaoh find out what God says about the situation, say what God says and then do what He says do. Help your son understand his purpose. Set an example and help him understand that being fruitful is more than reproducing life. Save your son by helping him develop a healthy self-image in order to boost his self-esteem. Teach your son how to pray, but also pray for him. Most importantly tell him that God loves him, and you love him too.