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8/22/13 at 11:54 AM 0 Comments

General Al-Sisi, the Quiet Pharaoh of Egypt

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A Pharaoh that does not know Joseph may have emerged as the new strongman in Egypt- even as the “American trained General now makes it clear that he does not need or love America” …preferring the more stable strings of oil-rich Saudi and the United Arab Emirates to those of shifting Western democrats. Newsweek recently reports that Sisi had been long preselected as successor by Mubarak’s longtime friend and former Defense Minister Field Marshal Mohammed Tantawi, a man who “allegedly made great fortunes” in the generous Mubarak era. It does not surprise some that Mubarak may soon be free in a scenario that seems to have been painstakingly constructed over the years by Sisi. Morsi – not so perfect himself, is now perceived as imprudently naive in a nation where little has changed after much sacrifice of innocent young lives and ruins, in what many would have wanted to celebrate as a model of revolution. So what are the lessons ?

It may still be premature to conclude this is the case in Egypt but one senses that many nations crying for revolution are vulnerable to agenda of quiet oppressors - disguised predators - cleverly hijacking the theme of change - wolves in the garments of lambs. But you may able to spot them by their pedigree. Wolves hang out together.

1Sa 15:32 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past.:33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.

This is one of the more misunderstood verses in scriptures as many have wondered – why the extreme violence, against Amalekites which picture the flesh, the natural man in alliance with the world and satan himself.

Saul is weak in obedience, maybe sympathetic and humane … but more likely seduced by the possibilities of gains from alliance with Amalek. Bible tradition reveals that many generations later, Haman the Agagite, a descendant of the King of Agag, almost succeeds in genocide against Jews in the time of Esther. Samuel is evidently too late to stop completely a seed of Agag escaping in the womb. Saul’s largesse proves far more expensive in future years.

Compromise with Amalek is not a new habit…and Saul was not the first to be disobedient in putting them completely away. Generations of Israelites historically had a penchant for their accommodation for one reason or the other – even though God had told Moses clearly in;

Exo_17:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.

I have heard someone say the world can be wooed or that the flesh adds flavor to the spirit and can always work together. The old-time preacher will strongly disagree. The flesh is patient, can wait very long in alliance with the world view in its agenda to destroy all that is of the spirit. It may be decades, even generations in the future before the accurate discovery that it has no ability to mean well to the man of the spirit – even with best intentions.

Back to Egypt and lessons on leadership. Watch future leaders - noting that it is not every revolution that forebodes good … who are the mentors of change? The young generation play a key role but insights of elders and parents are priceless. The elderly may not be as energetic to shout slogans but they have memory of events and recurring patterns that can prove useful.

More than a month after assuming power, Al-Sisi is said to be as opaque as his dark glasses. I fear for future outcomes and urge all saints to pray for light to expose all that is dark and unclear .

Another lesson for the saints is that the Bible urges us to pray and be strong in our inner man … the weakness in the prayer closet produces pyrrhic victories won at too great a cost …these are “progressive moves” which come with subtle compromises to evil, strange alliances or friendship with worldliness … a sort of pragmatism for want of a better word.

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