by Clarence E. Macartney

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Chariots of Fire (13 of 18)
Man Against God-Pharaoh
Clarence E. Macartney
Exodus 5:2

Who is the Lord?" Pharaoh was soon to learn who the
Lord is! Pharaoh is one of the major characters of the
Bible. Dramatic and stirring incidents in the history
of Israel and the history of revelation and redemption
are associated with his name. This is the fullest
account that we have of a duel between God and man,
between the power of this world and the power of God.
It is also a true picture of the unregenerate heart in
rebellion against God.

Somewhere near Thebes, or Memphis, or perhaps near the
site of the present Cairo where the Great Pyramid
rears itself above the desert, stood the palace of
Pharaoh. The ruins which have been unearthed give us
some conception of Egyptian buildings, imperial
palaces, colossal tombs and temples.

On this day so memorable in the history of mankind
Moses and his brother Aaron walked in cloudless
sunshine down the long avenue flanked with sphinxes
which, with stony, unchanging, impassive look, gazed
off into space-into the past ages and into the ages to
come-as if they were the incarnation of the mystery of
time and history. At the end of the avenue stood the
palace of Pharaoh. In front was a huge wall rising
above massive columns, and in the wall a gateway.
Through this gateway Moses and Aaron passed into the
hall of Pharaoh, the Child of the Sun. In front of the
walls, on either side of the palace, stood double rows
of red sandstone columns. Some of them were wound
about with serpents and crowned with fierce birds, in
whose eyes and talons flashed and gleamed precious
stones. Here a stately pillar blossomed into flowers
at the top, and yonder a fountain climbed "the ladder
of the sun."

Along the two sides of the palace enclosure soldiers
of Egypt stood at rigid attention. On the gilded and
enameled throne sat Pharaoh, the lord of the whole
earth. In front, and on e ...

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