“Why condemn Pharaoh?”

meme-neville-pharaohFrom Neville Goddard’s lecture “This Is My Name Forever- I AM”:

Tonight let us discuss the name. If you find this name, or believe in it really, there is nothing impossible to you… if you really believe in it. Moses said to God: “If I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me unto you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say?” The Lord said, “I AM who I AM.”

Sometimes it is translated “I AM what I AM” or “I AM that I AM”–-but any form of the verb “to be.” “I AM who I AM.” Then he said, “Say this to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you. The Lord God, the God of your father Abraham, and Isaac, and of Jacob, has sent me unto you: this is my name forever, and by this I shall be known throughout all generations.’”

No change in this name, my name forever. This comes in the Book of Exodus the third chapter (verses 13-17). If you read the Book of Exodus you will find that this is sheer power completely unmodified by any justice, any love, no mercy, no pity, no peace, sheer power. So Moses stands in the presence of power; that’s the first revelation of God, and it’s I AM. May I tell you, when you believe it, that’s how you use it.

Your first use of it is sheer power unmodified by any mercy in this world… just power. So in this same Book of Exodus, he is told to go to Pharaoh and tell Pharaoh to let his children go free; and then he hardens the heart of Pharaoh. Therefore, he’s playing all the parts. He sends his servant Moses to tell Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go free; then he hardens the heart of Pharaoh.

So who is playing all the parts? Since Jehovah, which is I AM, is the primary actor in every event, if you adopt this name of God this is what will happen to you. If you really believe it and adopt it, then the cult of heroic personalities will be unable to take any foothold in your faith. You can’t turn to any being in this world as an important person in your life, but no one, you can’t point to anyone…

So Pharaoh, who was condemned by the world, was hardened by the very one who asked him to set the children of Israel free. So when you see it, you can say at the very end of the drama, “Father, forgive them; they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

For God the Father played all the parts. But you don’t know he is God the Father in the early stages of the revelation of the name; the name is revealed as sheer power, nothing but power. And then it unfolds itself and finally comes to the end, and the end is God the Father. And the Father is infinite love…but we don’t know that until the very end…

So we go forward condemning Pharaoh. Why condemn Pharaoh when the being who plays Pharaoh plays the part of Moses? He’s playing all of the parts in the world, but every part. After you use it—-and quite often unwisely, unlovingly, unmercifully—-still in the end there is no condemnation.

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