Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 31:1-32:32 (additional reading: Psalm 113:1-114:8 & Proverbs 27:18-20 )
We now come to the fourth chapter dedicated against Egypt. A good question to ask is, why is there so much attention given? No ancient civilization compares to Egypt. It was the first nation to rise as a world power. Even after others came along in dominance, Egypt continued to play a part in world history.
One great characteristic of our Mighty Ruler is that He Is Long-Suffering. It might seem that He Is slow to act but in reality He Is never late in His Judgements. He steps in with His righteous justice at just the right time. Everyone must give an account to Jehovah Elyon – The Lord Most High. Egypt would not go on and on forever. Only our God was, is, and ever shall be. It was time for Egypt to answer for all its sins.
The description God gives of Pharaoh was direct and to the point. He thought himself to be a tough guy. His thinking was affected by pride and as a result, he actually thought he was a god. Pharaoh was seen, admired, and feared by the other nations. They looked upon her as being a ‘young lion’. However, our Lord God sees things differently. He saw the king of Egypt as a crocodile that caused harm among all people.
You may be able to think of some world leaders who thought that they were doing something to help the world, but now in history we can see it had a terrible effect. You might even know someone who tried to turn around a failing company, and though they had all the best intentions, trying to make the business successful, they forgot about their staff. It doesn’t take us long to lose focus or to starting seeing ourselves bigger and better then those we are suppose to be serving.
When Jesus was teaching about serving in Matthew 20 he taught us this “25You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
A truly great leader is someone who is a truly great servant. The secret to successful leadership is successful servanthood to the authority of our heavenly Father. How do we treat those under our leadership? Do we serve them? Or do we try to make ourselves bigger and better? Are we falling into the Pharaoh delusion?