Today's encouragement comes from Exodus 5:2, which says this:
"But Pharaoh said, 'Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.' " (ESV)
At least Pharaoh is honest; which is to say more of him than of many people, who claim to "Know the Lord." "Knowing the Lord," in the Bible, is practically analogous to obeying His voice. It is interesting that, in the very next verse, Moses' evangelism of Pharaoh has practically nothing to do with Pharaoh's misapprehensions about God; and everything to do with God's word to His church.
Let us be among those who really do "Know the Lord"; and may this be mani-fested to all by our loving and faithful walk with Jesus.
[Puritan quote of the day: "The fall [of Adam, in the garden] is the occasion of Christ's becoming the head of the church, His body. And believers have be-come His brethren and spouse in a manner that otherwise would not have been.” —Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon entitled, "The Wisdom of God"]