When the believer first begins to hear the message of the cross, he will find the opposition of Satan greatly increasing. This will be confusing at first, but the believer should take heart. The enemy does this because he knows the believer has now found the source of victory; therefore, he seeks to move the believer`s faith from the cross to other things, by discouragement, etc as did Pharaoh to the children of Israel at the mention of sacrifice, he increased the pressure and the workload, almost to a killing pace. See Exodus 5:8 the Bible says
But the number of the bricks which they made before you shall still require of them; you shall not diminish it in the least. For they are idle; that is why they cry, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.
Pharaoh regarded the offering of “sacrifices” as “vain words.” Re-grettably, much of the modern Church does the same, as it regards the cross. Turn with me to Exodus 5:9.
Let heavier work be laid upon the men that they may labor at it and pay no attention to lying words.
It is the “sacrifice” which rankled Pharaoh, even though he would not have been aware as to what exactly it all meant. The cross always rankles Satan. Turn to Exodus 5:17.
But [Pharaoh] said, You are idle, lazy and idle! That is why you say, Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.
In Exodus 5:15 We see that instead of crying unto the Lord, the leaders of the Israelites turned unto Pharaoh for relief. So often we as modern believers follow suit. We appeal to man instead of God. Read Exodus 5:15
Then the Hebrew foremen came to Pharaoh and cried, Why do you deal like this with your servants?
This shows us that the natural man ever prefers to lean upon an arm of flesh than be supported by Him who is invisible.
No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, Make bricks! And behold, your servants are beaten, but the fault is in your own people.
In conclusion we should learn that it’s not scriptural for us to make plans and then ask God to bless those plans. If God makes the plans, they are assured of blessing. So, leave Pharaoh alone, and depend exclusively on the Lord for all that is to be done.
Get out now and get to work; for no straw shall be given you, yet you shall deliver the full quota of bricks.