Frogs–Exodus 8 Part 1

The Pharaoh was not easily convinced. After a week of a bloody water supply, Moses and Aaron returned to Pharaoh—Let my people go! The Pharaoh refused again and God unleashed a plague of frogs—there were frogs everywhere. They were everywhere people walked, everywhere they ate, in bed with them and literally on them day and night. The Egyptians must have been horrified.

On a more humorous note, it says—“But the magicians did the same thing and made frogs come on the land as well.” I am thinking at this point, that was not so helpful. If I were Pharaoh, I would have directed my magicians to ”Make the frogs disappear.” I can only imagine the Pharaoh sitting on his throne, frogs at his feet and the magicians saying, “Look, Your highness—more frogs.”

In our day, the world acts like the magicians—look more frogs. We, as a world, should be looking at the death around us and repenting for the sin that has lead to the devastation. But, instead we continue to see ISIS, Planned Parenthood and gangs all over the planet saying, “Look More death!” The only option left is revival. That is why the Church—US, need to be on ou faces before God crying out for a revival. We need to live as though we can make a difference. Otherwise, the death and destruction will continue and even become more pronounced. God is making the distinction clear—CHOOSE Life or Death, now we must decide.

God Bless You

Seven days passed after the Lord struck the Nile. T hen the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country. The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials.’”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the streams and canals and ponds, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.’”

So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land. But the magicians did the same things by their secret arts; they also made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.

 

We See What We Want–Exodus 7 Final

God knew that Pharaoh would not listen. So even though he rocked the nation by destroying their water supply and commercial fishing, Pharaoh simply went inside his palace and ignored the plague. His magicians were able to prepare an illusion that looked the same, so this must all be a parlor trick—right? When one refuses to see God’s hand and plan in the world, it simply does not matter how obvious God is—He will be ignored.

 Pharaoh did not want to see or admit he had to submit to God, He was willing to let his people die of thirst rather, than to admit he was beaten. It is that type of pride that always and ultimately leads to the downfall of one that fails to honor God.

 In our lives and our culture, we are faced daily with opportunities to see God at work. When we believe, his works are amazing and frequent. When we refuse, we ignore him and soon can’t see his work that is done before our very eyes—parlor tricks. If we will seek him with our hearts, he will reveal his greatness to us. If we will pray, he will listen. But, if we ignore him, soon we will be unable to recognize some amazing things he sends our way and we will be destroyed by the very things we could by amazed by. 

God Bless You

 

 

 But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said. 23 Instead, he turned and went into his palace, and did not take even this to heart. 24 And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile to get drinking water, because they could not drink the water of the river.

The Plague Of Blood–Exodus 7 Continued

There was little doubt about the outcome of Moses’ demand to free the Israelites. Both the Egyptians and the Israelites knew that It would take beyond amazing to change the heart of Pharaoh. Still the plague of blood was a stage setting event to say the least. If we remember that God was not nearly as interested in Pharaoh’s reaction as he was in the reaction of the Canaanite world for years to come, then the message of each plague rings clearer for us.

 The Nile was a great river—a sweet river. The water was known as wonderful around the known world. So for the entire supply to be destroyed, for the fish to die, such an event hit the Egyptian nation at their most crucial core—survival. every sense was affected. Hunger, thirst, smell, sight and mind were completely rattled—No matter where they turned—there was no relief.

 Meanwhile, the Israelites had water. God prepared them for the plague and they were unaffected. God wanted to set his chosen apart and make sure that the people of Egypt knew that they were no longer in charge of his people—HE was. The growing thirst had to exacerbate their jealousy and fear. The worst news for the people of Egypt—“They ain’t seen nothing yet.”

 God makes his messages clear. Early submission to his lead will always beat a hardened heart. In addition, as with Pharaoh—we have to remember that our choices impact so many others. We as a people should live to honor God, if for no other reason , because it will change lives. Failure to do so will also change lives. Sadly, as Pharaoh showed the world—that kind of change will neither be well received nor well remembered.

God Bless You

  Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the river. Confront him on the bank of the Nile, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake. 16 Then say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened. 17 This is what the Lord says: By this you will know that I am the Lord: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood. 18 The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.’”

God Is Not Mocked–Exodus 7 Part 1

It would be so much simpler to obey and trust God. It would not necessarily be easier, but it would definitely be simpler. God is not mocked—whatever a person sows, that they will also reap. As the Israelites suffered at the hands of the Egyptians, God was keeping an accounting. There would be no doubt, at the end of the Exodus, that God avenges his chosen ones.

Pharaoh did not have a chance. He had become so ruthless to Israel, that human reason would not guide his choices. In addition, as the days progressed, Pharaoh’s self-absorbed pride would deal out the punishment for Israel’s treatment. Could Pharaoh have chosen differently, in a word—NO. He was a prisoner of his own heartlessness and pride. God was simply allowing Pharaoh to be himself. Now, apart from God, Pharaoh would experience the chaos his heartless foolishness bought.

God is still not mocked. ISIS thinks it is having its way with the church; it is not. Muslim leaders who are killing and selling Christians are not surprising or outsmarting God. World leaders that are refusing to intercede on behalf of the Christians being slaughtered will be held accountable and yes, even those of us that simply turn our heads and look the other way will have to give an account.

As with Israel and Moses, IT IS TIME to take the current events seriously and seek God’s mercy and intervention on behalf of our family that is spread across the globe. The persecution we shake our head about today will be the persecution we face tomorrow—apart from God’s merciful intervention.

God Bless You

Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”

Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them. Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.”

10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: 12 Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.

I Can’t Hear You–Exodus 6 Part 1

Make no mistake, God’s promises are the most precious things in the world. But, there are times in life, when circumstance and fatigue drown out the beautiful melody. The noise becomes so deafening that we want to give up. Such was the life of Israel. Slavery had taken its toll. The people had been crying out for years and now the great deliverer arrived met with Pharaoh and, and, and their workloads and abuse simply increased. Not the happy ending they were looking for.

It is in those times when faith really matters. We all claim to trust God. But if the truth were known, when life is great or at least normal, we tend to take the Lord for granted. We may make our token appearances at the Christian events or even live life doing no harm—but, when things are comfortable, we all tend to be less dependent on God.

When things are tough, however, we have to trust him. It wears us out and it wears us down, but, in the end it allows us to see God’s greatness and power. It also allows us to hold on to this life loosely—preparing us for an eternity with him. Make no mistake, there is nothing enjoyable about having your faith stretched. It is great preparation for eternity but, it makes it difficult to continue to listen to God and to trust him. We have to remember that our faith defines us as his—not our circumstances. If we can live a life trusting him—he will protect, provide and prepare us for eternity. He will fill our lives and give us meaning and purpose—but, it will be a difficult journey. So no matter how tired we become, we must continue to listen—that is the kind of faith that matters.

God Bless You

22 Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” …

“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”

Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.

10 Then the Lord said to Moses, 11 “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his country.”

Take Heart–Exodus 5 Continued

Moses was not a fool. He spent all that time questioning God, because he knew Pharaoh would not be easy to deal with. As is typical with a tyrant, any pushback is met with severe consequence. The Children of Israel were already slaves. They were mistreated and abused. But, when they asked for some freedom—They were severely punished.

 The enemy did not want them to find any value in changing or any hope of freedom. He wanted them to be resigned and hopeless so that they would never question his authority.

 It is the same in our time. The world and the enemy do not want any pushback from the church. Christianity is dumb and backward In their minds and they want no Christian influence. Whether it is the post modern culture that supports all sin and deviance from God or the Muslim extremists that kill and enslave Christians, like Pharaoh, they want no pushback from God’s chosen. They want us silenced and gone.

 God reminds us, though, that we are to take heart and trust him—As he delivered Israel, so he will deliver his people today. But, like the Israelites before, we must be on our knees in prayer and we must not back away from the battle simply because it is difficult. The stakes are high and the battle fierce—But, I have read the end of the book and the good news is WE WIN!!!!!

 God Bless You

 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.’”

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.”

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.”

But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!” Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.”

That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”

Then God Arrived–Exodus 4 final, Exodus 5 Part 1

The people had been crying out for years to be delivered. They had grown into a nation, but a nation without hope. Their captors saw them as little more than livestock and exploited them beyond human imagination.  But, then God arrived. 

Once Moses and Aaron arrived and met with the elders of Israel, the people’s hearts were turned to hearts of worship. They learned that their prayers were heard,  and God was actually going to deliver them. Hopelessness turned to worship, and slaves could once again smell the freedom of being the chosen people of God. 

In our lives, we are faced with situations that also seem hopeless. We cry out to God, but the cries seem to go nowhere. Our faith is attacked by a heartless world that has no concern for whether we live or die–In the midst of that, God arrives. 

He meet our needs, he protects us and he makes clear our prayers were heard and his heart is moved. When we see that–our hearts turn from hopeless to worshipful. 

Make no mistake, his deliverance will be a process. In it, there will be trials and tests that continue to stretch us past our limits. If we can embrace and maintain a heart of worship, however, in the end we will be a part of a life and world changing event. Jesus said it best, “in this world there will be trouble, but, take heart–I have overcome the world!”

God Bless You

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.’”

The Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him.

Then Moses told Aaron everything the Lord had sent him to say, and also about all the signs he had commanded him to perform.

Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites,

and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people,

and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.