Exodus 5:1-3 New International Version (NIV)
Bricks Without Straw
5 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’”
2 Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”
3 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.”
Pharaoh would not listen to Moses and Aaron because he did not know or respect God. People who do not know God may not listen to his Word or his messengers. But, we need to persist. When others reject you or your faith, do not be surprised or discouraged. Do you have loved ones who do not yet know God? Do you have loved ones who do not know the love of Jesus? Never give up. Continue to tell others about how God has loved you and how Jesus has changed your life. Trust God to open minds and soften stubborn hearts.