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The Law of Connection Part 2

Pharaoh Violates Law-Exodus 1:8-22

The first chapter of Exodus introduces us to a man with great power, but little character or wisdom. The leader of the most powerful nation of the ancient world, this pharaoh had little in common with the confident ruler who led Egypt during Joseph's day. He constantly worried that others might usurp his power, felt his security threatened, and consequently sabotaged his own leadership. Notice how he responded to the challenges he faced (along with what he should have done).

Threat

Pharaoh's Response

Right Response

Jewish population size

Oppress and force labor

Position them well

Jewish babies born

Kill all the males

Equip them to lead

Jewish complaints

Drive them harder as slaves

Lighten their loads

Racial Conflict

Ruthlessly dominate them

Build relationships

The Law of Empowerment teaches that only secure leaders give power to others. The emotional deficits of this pharaoh prevented him from empowering others. He felt threatened by the gifts, clout, or growing numbers of others. Consumed by damage control, he failed to benefit everyone by brokering the available talents and resources. In the end, he destroyed his nation, his army, and his own rule.

Join me next time for The Law of Connection Part 3