May 27, 2017

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Reading along with us in Exodus? Here’s today’s reading:

Exodus 11 (ESV)

Now the Lord had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely. 2 Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.” 3 (The Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.)

4 So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. 5 Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. 6 There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. 7 But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.’ Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel… Continue Reading

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  1. Yes Melanie, how blind the proud heart is. I wonder how much regret Pharaoh had after his son died as he remembered this opportunity he had to stop it from happening. They say hindsight is 20/20, but God’s word gives us a chance to see and know the truth before we make and as we make decisions. And following God’s way brings with it no regret,

  2. “And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people.” Exodus 11:3

    By giving Israel “favor” in the sight of Egyptians, God has prepared the way for their coming departure from Egypt. To favor someone means “to give special regard to; to treat with goodwill; to show exceptional kindness to someone.”

    “‘But not a dog shall growl against any of the people of Israel, either man or beast, that you may know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.'” Exodus 11:7

    I’m sure this distinction God has shown between Egypt and Israel is a large part of the favor the Egyptians now show Israel, especially as the plagues have continued. It reminds me of the way people who don’t have a relationship with God will ask us to pray for them. My brother once said he knew I had a “direct line to God.” I kept telling him he could have a “direct line to God,” too, if he would trust in Christ for his salvation. But there was such resistance, right up until the last day of his life. I see the same thing playing out here, just before the last terrible plague to come upon Egypt.

    “And all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me, saying, ‘Get out, you and all the people who follow you.’ And after that I will go out.” And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 11:8-9

    I once really struggled with God playing a part in hardening Pharaoh’s heart throughout these plagues, until I realized the depth of God’s mercy on those who trust in Christ. This final plague to come is going to purposefully and graphically illustrate the way of salvation that will one day be offered by God in the sacrifice of His own Son, Jesus Christ, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). I believe God, by His sovereign will, chose THIS particular time and place and people to play out this prophetic scene, and made sure Pharaoh’s hard heart would remain hard until this final plague comes…to display not only His wrath upon those who refuse to submit to Him, but His mercy upon those who do. (Read Romans 9:14-27!)

    When we hear the cries and wailing of our neighbors and friends on that dreadful day of judgment, will those of us who know what is to come regret not telling them how they could have been saved, how they could have been counted among those receiving God’s grace and mercy found in Christ?

    Heavenly Father, give me favor among those who do not yet know You, boldness to share the truth about your promised judgment to come, and love to share the wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ. I am not the witness I should be. Open my mouth to speak! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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