Getting Free: Who/What is Your “Pharaoh”?

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C.S. Lewis, one of my favorite authors, wrote that "good literature reads you." It's like a mirror you can look into to see more truly who you are.

Perhaps that's why one particular ancient book has remained on the bestseller list since such lists have been compiled.

I'm referring to my favorite piece of literature, the Bible. To me it's not a rule book. More than just a great collection of ancient stories about people who lived long ago, this book is living as it reflects my life back to me. It shows me realities that only true Light can reveal. I believe it is the very Word of God.

Key to this is the concept that the stories and principles contain a pattern of Reality that repeats itself. (I'll explain this more in another post.)

Thus, the story of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt from Exodus is really Everyone's Story.

The background is that Hebrew patriarch Jacob had 12 sons, and the youngest, Joseph, was sold into slavery by his brothers. He rose to power in Egypt and saved the whole land from famine. The famine stretched to Canaan, where Jacob's family was, so they came to Egypt to get food. Joseph and his family were reconciled, and Jacob's family lived grew in number and flourished in Egypt.

For a time.

Then, "a new king came to the throne of Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done." This Pharaoh perceived the Israelites as a threat and made them slaves. He  "put brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down under heavy burdens."

Here's where their story becomes ours. We all have a "Pharaoh" in our lives–the thing that enslaves us, drives us, demands we "make bricks without straw."

This "Pharaoh" is comprised of our unhealed heart issues.

Our own sin also oppresses us, and that needs to be confessed as such. But here I'm talking about "Pharaoh." There is a suffering that comes to us because this world is a bent, broken place. The Israelites in this story were not oppressed because of their own sin, but because an evil king who had power over them oppressed them.

Our heart issues–the negative images, unhealthy beliefs, and cellular memories passed down to us–are not necessarily sins to be confessed, but "heart issues" that needs healing. They are the effects of other people's sin.

How did God respond to the suffering of his people?

First, he felt something. "He looked down on the Israelites and felt deep concern for their welfare" (Exodus 2:25). God really cares about your oppression. He feels deep concern, great compassion.

Then, he acted. He called Moses to deliver his people. "The LORD told Moses, 'You can be sure I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries for deliverance from their harsh slave masters. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come to rescue them from the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own good and spacious land…. The cries of the people of Israel have reached me, and I have seen how the Egyptians have oppressed them with heavy tasks. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You will lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.'" (Exodus 3:7-10)

The deliverance was spectacular, culminating in God parting the Red Sea and "making a way where there was no way."

And so he does now, for all who will accept the healing he offers. We have to come to the true Healer, of course. All else is "Pharaoh."

By the way, "Pharaoh" can be religion. In fact, it often is. Whenever religion becomes, not a response to the gracious work of the true God, but "try harder to keep the rules," it becomes a Pharaoh.

Never forget: God has compassion on you in your oppressed state. He wants to deliver you. Jesus, Son of God himself, came from heaven as the final deliverer who took on all sin and all oppression when he endured a brutal crucifixion on the cross. He took everything "Pharaoh" had to give him. "By his stripes we are healed" it says in the prophet Isaiah. It didn't stop there, though. He rose from the dead, thus conquering the final "Pharaoh"–death itself.

He made a way where there was no way. He leads to the Promised Land. It is a state of living always in the light, always receiving the light and love shared by a God who himself is a fellowship of three Persons–Father, Son, and Spirit in dynamic relationship with each other. Jesus made the way for us to be drawn up into that fellowship, into the very heart of the Father.

Whatever your Pharaoh is, God wants to free you from its oppression. Let him do it. His concern for you is boundless.

If you would like help with your "Pharaoh" issues using a custom Healing Code, I would be privileged to help you with that. Visit www.healingcodescoaching.com for details.

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Thank you, Diane, for this post. I have recently joined your website, and am only now looking through it.  I love your faith, and your concern for people that shines through so strongly.  It's restoring my confidence in Healing Codes, which sometimes  I wonder about because so much new age and commercial stuff seems to be connected to it — from emails I receive.  I really appreciate your website.  I feel liike healing codes HAVE made a difference in my life already, but there's so much more I want (need) to do with them, both for myself and others.  You… Read more »

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Thank you Diane for sending Getting Free. This rings true in my spirit I had never looked at my life with that prospective of Joseph or the Israelites.
I don't understand all that happens in my life, God does and God causes those Pharaoh's to set me free.  Jesus love for us is far greater than I can fully understand , Jesus paid the price on the cross then rose victorous so we can live not just exist. Eternal life is more than later on it is in the present moment.
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Francine
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