“וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה, בֹּא אֶל-פַּרְעֹה: כִּי-אֲנִי הִכְבַּדְתִּי אֶת-לִבּוֹ, וְאֶת-לֵב עֲבָדָיו, לְמַעַן שִׁתִי אֹתֹתַי אֵלֶּה, בְּקִרְבּוֹ.”
“Then YHVH said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may perform these signs of Mine among them,”
When God told Moses to came to Pharaoh he let him enter deeper levels in the world of Pharaoh. Moses saw a great monster (‘תַּנִּים’ ‘Tanim’) with deep spiritual roots in higher levels and he feared it.
“דַּבֵּר וְאָמַרְתָּ כֹּה-אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, הִנְנִי עָלֶיךָ פַּרְעֹה מֶלֶךְ-מִצְרַיִם, הַתַּנִּים הַגָּדוֹל, הָרֹבֵץ בְּתוֹךְ יְאֹרָיו: אֲשֶׁר אָמַר לִי יְאֹרִי, וַאֲנִי עֲשִׂיתִנִי”
“”Speak and say, ‘Thus says YHVH GOD, “Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, The great monster that lies in the midst of his rivers, That has said, ‘My Nile is mine, and I myself have made it.’”
Because of Moses’s fear, God released his power to make war with Pharaoh.
Sometime we find ourselves in front a ‘monster’ that paralyzes us and in most cases we give up. It could be a huge fight with a spouse, uncontrolled behaviour of a child, impossible situation at work and so on. All we need is just to stop, make a prayer and honestly ask for help to overcome the challenge.
“אִם אֶסַּק שָׁמַיִם, שָׁם אָתָּה; וְאַצִּיעָה שְּׁאוֹל הִנֶּךָּ”
“If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol (‘hell’), behold, You are there.”
King David reveals to us that no matter at what level we are, God is always there. Never give up!