The 5 Things That I Learned From The Ancient Egyptians (Part 1)
We see the ancient Egyptians were a really strange people. They worshipped multiple gods and they also observed the times. The ancient Egyptians committed genocide and infanticide due in part to fear. They oppressed and depressed the people of God all while benefitting from their labor and pain. Although, this culture had many issues, we can learn many lessons from them and apply these lesson to our lives.
I. They Knew How To Keep From Being Oppressed
“And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Rameses.”
A. They Made A Plan
Unless we make plans to keep from being overwhelmed in a bad situation, we will probably become overwhelmed. All to often, we will ask God for victory in our lives over some sort of behavior or sin, but we aren’t willing to make the plans to change. Unless we make the plans to change, then God is not obligated to give us the resources to make it happen. It’s like a construction company trying to build a facility. The can’t get the resources to establish the structure without having an architect draft up the blue prints. Those blueprints allow the crews, the stakeholders and the receiving company to know the plans so that everyone remains accountable. Those blueprints are drafted to be followed so that the end result yields what is on paper. If the blueprints aren’t followed then there is no accountability nor authority for which to base your work upon.
God has given us blueprints in our lives to follow. His name is Jesus. He is also called the Living Word of God. He is our authority and His Spirit keeps us accountable. He asks us to follow the blueprint, which is the bible, and we will see the completion of a good work. If we fail to follow the plan then we will succeed at leading our lives into destruction. Do you have a plan? Do you follow it?
B. They Made Kept Control
We see that the Egyptians maintained an environment of control by keeping the people of God in an oppressed state. They sat taskmasters over them and made them to work in bitter bondage and hard labor with no relief. By doing this they maintained an atmosphere of depression and hopelessness. This culture made the people of God fear and think twice about rising up against “The Powers That Be”.
In our lives we must adopt an attitude of control over our sins and our emotions. When we have time of worry, doubt and self insecurity we need to adopt that Egyptian mindset. I am not going to let this thought or situation oppress me. Keep in mind that the King has given you authority and power to handle all situations. Giving into: depression, doubt, insecurity and worry after Jesus has already won the Victory is like a King bowing down and surrendering his throne to a peasant without a fight. You are a child of the King, you don’t have to give into fear, worry, doubt or anything else. You have the control through Jesus Christ.
As a child of God we have access to the throne of God and His unlimited power. The question is “Do we use it?”, for many of us the answer is no. We don’t have to live a life of uncertainty, worry, doubt or depression. We need only to look towards the King and see Him on His Throne and realize that He owns it all. The more time that we spend in the King’s presence, the more that we realize that He has supreme power and authority. Those that don’t spend time in the King’s presence suffer a life of defeat and never experience the power that He can impart into our lives. Who’s kingdom are you allegiant to in this life? Do you pledge allegiance to the King or is it to the court fool that was cast out of the King’s presence. I know that I serve King Jesus. Who is your King? In part two of this series we will unlock another lesson learned from the ancient Egyptians. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.