May 24, 2017

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

Exodus 8 (ESV)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. 2 But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with frogs. 3 The Nile shall swarm with frogs that shall come up into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and your kneading bowls. 4 The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your servants.”’” 5  And the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the canals and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt!’” 6 So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. 7 But the magicians did the same by their secret arts and made frogs come up on the land of Egypt… Continue Reading

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  1. Tomorrow? Not now, please ?
    And why would the magicians bring forth more of the same to prove tier power? How could you tell they brought frogs or flies amongst all the current ones? And why would you want to add to that?

  2. Interesting that the magicians could make frogs come on the land but they could drive the frogs God sent away. Only God could do that. Also the magicians could not replicate the gnats….interesting….

    Two interesting things happen with the plague of flies though. One Goshen, the area of Egypt the Jews were in, was protected. Maybe that’s where the phrase “there ain’t no flies on me”, originated. Two, Pharaoh starts to negotiate for the first time. How much does that sound like us. How about if I just give this much of myself to you God? Can we negotiate terms so I don’t have to follow you completely?

  3. “But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.” Exodus 8:15

    Isn’t this just like us? When we’re going through difficult things, we prevail upon God for relief and even employ our friends to join us in praying! But when everything’s “back to normal,” we put God “back on a shelf” and go back to living independently of Him. It’s a wonder He gives us anything we ask for, ever, when that’s the way we treat Him! What a loving Father we have, so full of grace and mercy.

    Like Pastor Peter, I love that finally, God is doing things the sorcerers can’t, and they begin to see for themselves that this IS God.

    And I especially love Exodus 8:22-23, when God sets apart His people. When I put myself in their situation, I begin to have a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, this really IS God and that He has finally come for us. “Is it possible we have not been forgotten?”

    Heavenly Father, I’m reminded of our brothers and sisters suffering persecution at the hands of Your enemies, in places like North Korea and the Middle East. Give them hope, God, and remind them that they have not been forgotten by You! And Father, when I am going through trials I don’t understand, when it seems You’re not listening, I know You are. Help me to persevere and keep my eyes fixed on the You no matter what comes my way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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