The Spirit of Pharaohistic Pride (Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid, Part 1)


Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #121

TEXT: Exodus 8:1-15

Recently, the Lord has laid on my heart a series of messages titled “Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid.” From studying the word of God, He has shown me that there are four spirits that are driven by Satan that are especially dangerous for Christians, or anybody for that matter, to have. These spirits are exemplified in the lives of four characters in the Bible — two in the Old Testament and two in the New Testament. They are: the satanic spirit of pride shown in the life of Pharaoh in the book of Exodus; the satanic spirit of rebelliousness, stubborness and witchcraft shown in the life of King Saul of Israel; the satanic spirit of betrayal shown in the life of Judas the disciple of Jesus; and the satanic spirit of worldliness shown in Demas one of the first century believers who was an associate of the Apostle Paul.

Lord willing, over the next four weeks, we will be tackling each of these spirits, and I will attempt to show from the word of God exactly why these spirits are so dangerous. Today, we will be looking at the spirit of pride that is shown in the life of Pharaoh. I call this type of pride “pharaohistic” pride, because it goes beyond the typical pride that many people have, and you will see why very soon.

There is much disagreement on exactly who the Pharaoh of the Exodus is. The Bible does not give us his name. However, based on the examination of archaeology and the dates provided in the Bible, most scholars assume that the Pharaoh of the Exodus was either Thut-mose II, or his grandson, A-men-ho-tep II. We will not spend time on this debate here, however, one of these Egyptian kings exhibited an extreme spirit of pride.

The Bible has a lot to say about pride. Pride is the sin that rose up in the heart of Lucifer and caused him to rebel against God and be cast out of Heaven. Let me share with you some of what the Bible has to say about pride:

Proverbs 11:2 says, “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”

Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Proverbs 29:23 says, “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”

Proverbs 16:5 says, “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.”

James 4:6 says, “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

1 Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”

From our passage today, we will look at three characteristics of pride and see why this pride is so dangerous.

1. Pharaoh would not listen to God. God told Pharaoh, through Moses, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs…” We enter the story of the exodus after Moses has come back to Egypt and after he and Aaron have gone to Pharaoh and demanded that he let the children of Israel go free. However, when Moses confronts Pharaoh, Pharaoh scoffs at the word of the Lord. He says, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.”

2. Pharaoh would not listen to common sense. Not only did Pharaoh refuse to listen to God, but he refused to listen to common sense. Our passage tells us that after God sent the plague of frogs upon the land, Pharaoh called up Moses to have the frogs removed. To demonstrate God’s power over the frogs, Moses gave Pharaoh the choice to name a specific time when he wanted the frogs to be removed. Notice what Pharaoh said — “Tomorrow.” Now, if I were Pharaoh, I would have said, “Right now! Get these frogs out of here within the next few minutes!” But Pharaoh just couldn’t bring himself to complete humility before God and before God’s servant, Moses.

3. Pharaoh would not heed God’s judgment. The final characteristic of this dangerous spirit of pride in a person is that this person does not take heed to God’s severe judgment. Pharaoh received some of the harshest judgment that God has ever poured out on mankind, and yet to the very end, he refused to repent. He refused to humble himself before God.

+ Plus, listen to The Sensational Nightingales singing “Glory To His Name” and Yolanda Adams singing “Victory”

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