In Exodus 3 Moses is given the “bringer” title. He is told he is going to be used to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt after being sent to the Pharaoh of Egypt. Can you imagine being given a “bringer” title? He couldn’t believe it either!
Later in Exodus 5 there is an exchange between Moses and Aaron and Pharaoh. Moses and Aaron walked into Pharaoh’s place. Moses asked Pharaoh to let the children of Israel leave their work and celebrate a feast to God in the wilderness.
If you don’t know the story, Pharaoh tells Moses no and tells everyone to get back to work. When Pharaoh further thinks on the situation, he takes the straw away from the brick-making Israelites. You see, the Israelites had been hanging out in Egypt and have increased in number.
They had been in an environment where they were able to carry on their lives and traditions. They weren’t limited in their lives, just regulated to be involved in brick making. Make the bricks that make the Egyptian dynasty.
No real freedom. A perceived freedom. And bricks.
Moses and Aaron approached Pharaoh for a release of the people of God to feast. Pharaoh didn’t want production to decrease. His response was, “No.”
Even more so, Pharaoh didn’t just say no. He took away the straw that was supplied to the Israelites to make bricks. Now the Israelites had to make the bricks without straw provided, and they were expected to maintain the same amount of production.
Have you ever felt like you were making bricks? Sure, there is a perceived freedom. But the reality of freedom is not attainable through brick making.
Have you ever got to a point where you were making bricks and the straw was removed from your brick making processes?
I have seen this place of brick making. I have seen straw-less laborers working so hard to prove their worth. I have seen the result of that labor was …
The purpose of taking away the straw is to make you work so hard that you don’t have the capacity to dwell on your current situation. Pharaoh said:
Let the labor be heavier on the men, and let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words. (Ex 5:9 NASB)
When you find yourself doing things over and over, getting similar results based off of quotas that are given to you from people above you in religion, remember the bricks … without straw.
That is not the place for the children of God. We are not to be brick makers. We are not to labor over and over for some hierarchal leadership team that wants a goal they came up with in some meeting somewhere.
Brothers and sisters, that labor is not of the Lord. When Jesus came and spoke of labor, His words were:
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30 NASB)
May we cease making straw-less bricks. May we be escorted out of a land of oppression and hierarchy. May we be lead out of that land and through the wilderness the Lord has for us as He prepares us for His Promised Land.