Today, for Holy week, Josh Brown gave a message about the passover. He spoke of how the Egyptians had built a slave-holding culture, so that the slave system was part of every day life. Specifically he spoke of the symbolism of passover, and how the Israelites ate unleavened bread, free from the yeast of slavery. They were aware that they broke completely with the old system, and were brought into the new.
Of course, change is very difficult. Slave holders do not want to repent — when we benefit from the sin of exploitation, we want to continue. Even when we start to suffer the consequences of our sin, we would rather live with the consequences than to change. I had a chance to reflect on this message, what follows is my reflection.
Exodus 8 tells this very clearly. It describes the frogs as being in the beds, on the bedpost, and even in the mixing bowls where people make their bread — frogs were everywhere. When Moses asked Pharoah when he wanted him to pray that God remove the frogs — Pharoah said: “Tomorrow”.
Tomorrow came, Moses prayed, but Pharoah’s heart was hard and he did not let Israel go. I get two things from this story: First: It is sometimes easier to sleep with the frogs than repent now. Second: A promise to repent tomorrow, in order to be free from the consequence of sin is not the same as repentance. We can always harden our heart and turn away. (If I go on to the next plague, I also learn that one consequence follows another — we can repent and turn away from hell now, or we can harden our heart, and face hell again and again).
Do we benefit from a system of sin? Are we willing to repent and change, or do we cry out with Pharoah, “pray tomorrow, tonight I want to sleep with the frogs.”