Pharaoh said, “Lazy, that’s what you are—lazy! That is why you keep saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.”-Exodus 5:17-18
Have you ever been consumed by a fit of raging jealousy and hate?
It sucks, doesn’t it?
It’s like you’re stuck in this vortex of negativity from which you can’t shake free of, no matter what you do.
If there is one word that best characterizes these twin negative emotions, it’s got to be “irrationality”.
You’re well aware that your emotional energy could best be spent elsewhere, but there you go, just hating away.
Wanting to bury an ax in some guy’s head because he makes more money than you (or for whatever retarded reason) is just not productive.
I once read somewhere that hating on somebody is equivalent to drinking a cup of poison and hoping the other person dies.
It was this exact madness to which Pharaoh had succumbed.
The truth is the Israelite labor force was crucial to Egypt’s well being.
Pharaoh, by forcing the Israelites to gather their own straw to make the millions upon millions of mud bricks essential to Egypt’s construction projects, was only hurting himself and Egypt.
However, by that point, the spirit of Satan had so overtaken Pharaoh that he didn’t care anymore.
His only objective was to harass and hurt the Hebrews.
This pattern of irrational hatred towards Israel is something we’ll see throughout history to this very day.
Prior to the start of World War II, pretty much the only thing Germany had going for it was the highly educated Jewish population comprised of capital industrialists, financiers, and scientists.
However, once the war started, Hitler and his Nazi minions began blaming Germany’s poor economy on the very Jews who were contributing to it.
Their extermination of millions of Jews only served to destroy their leading source of technological expertise which would later hinder their ability to make war.
Albert Einstein is a perfect example of this.
He was visiting the United States when Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, and being Jewish did not return to Germany but instead became a US citizen in 1940.
It’s interesting to note that both Pharaoh’s and Hitler’s persecution of the Hebrews/Jews resulted in the birth of Israel as an independent nation.
Now in our day and age, Palestinian ill-will towards Israel is another perfect example of irrational Jew-hate gone wild.
In spite of receiving much financial aid to help build their cities and in spite of the many efforts taken to achieve peace, it seems like they prefer to engage in the random stabbing of innocent citizens instead.
Why do they do this?
No reason in particular.
Like I said, just pure irrational hate that exists in the hearts of all humans lest God cleanses us from this bitterness.