I DON'T KNOW THE LORD
Ex. 5:2 "Is that so?" retorted Pharaoh. "And who is the LORD that I should listen to him and let Israel go? I don't know the LORD, and I will not let Israel go."
Pharaoh was a stubborn, proud, arrogant, and defiant man. He was on the top of the world and had all he could ever want, except a heart at peace with God. Pharaoh had at his disposal the Israelites. They were forced labor and were not treated very well at all. They cried out to the Lord and he raised up Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh and demand that he release the Israelites so they could go and worhip and serve the Lord.
Pharaoh did not acknowledge the Lord at all. He essentially told Moses and Aaron that he did not care about the Lord or what He demanded. His response is typical of the world today. Most people do not know the Lord and don't care to know Him. They defy His authority over them and do what they want to do. Some are so defiant that they try to rid all discussions of God from the public arena. As a result, believers find it increasingly difficult to live in the world.
We need to be smart and take care of our souls so that we don't fall prey to those who would try to silence us or destroy our witness. We must always strive to stay close to the Lord so that we don't cave in to the pressures around us. We must be well armed with the Word of God so we don't get led astray by those who preach and teach a different message. Satan is on the prowl in the world and will do all he can do to stop the Gospel from being believed and preached. Stay on your toes, keep your eyes focused on the Lord, and let your light shine brightly for the world to see.