The secularist only believes in what he can see. From his perspective, people who believe in an invisible God are much like children with imaginary friends. When the Truth of God is revealed to them, many rebel because the thought of relinquishing control is unbearable. Notice within this passage Pharaoh’s response to Moses’ request to go into the desert three days journey and worship God:
1. I do not KNOW God.
Ex. 5:2 (Pharaoh said) “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go?”
2. I do not WANT to know God.
“I know not the LORD,”
3. I do not want to obey God.
“neither will I let Israel go.”
4. I will strike at God through His people.
V22-23 “And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.”
LESSON - I hope this helps explain why some people are so mean-spirited towards Christians. Their rejection of you is a reflection of their rejection of God. Also, I hope this helps you understand a little more about yourself. That old nature that remains within you from Adam also wants to rebel against God. We must learn to recognize it for what it is and utilize God’s word to “put it off” (Eph. 4:22).