This week, Parashat Bo (Sh’mot [Ex} 10:1-13:16) relates the last of the plagues, the transfer of wealth from Egypt to Israel, and the Passover.
Par’o continues to try to control the situation even when things are falling apart all around him. Pride is the heart of the matter here. By hanging on to his pride, even when he is defeated, Par’o sacrifices everything else. He said, “Who is Adonai that I should listen to Him?”
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, “There is no God.” Psalm 10:4 (NASB)
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling. Proverbs 16:18 (NASB)
Pride is blinding and brings destruction to us and affects those around us. This is sure evident in this Parashah. Even in the face of death, Par’o tries to be the one in control, but G-d would not be controlled or manipulated to abandon His people to a life or affliction. He had been warned by G-d to let Israel, His first-born son, go or Par’o’s first-born would die (Sh’mot [EX] 4:22-23). Par’o, in his stubborn pride, brings about the death of his own son and G-d delivers His people in a miraculous way. His word is sure.
We see something similar happening in the enemies of Israel today...the inability to see that G-d will topple all false gods to show to the world that He alone is G-d and He will not allow the destruction of Israel or the subjugation of His people.
We must guard against pride in our own lives, as well. When we set ourselves above G-d, we become blind to the reality of our own situation and its effect on those around us. Pride has a couple of faces...the haughty one, and the false humility one. We can fall victim to either pretty quickly! We must allow G-d to be on the throne of our lives and trust Him to be faithful to His word. His way brings life while pride and spiritual blindness bring death.