The Tipping Point–Exodus 8 Continued

There comes a point, when everyone involved has to grasp reality. In the ongoing attempt to free Israel, it was the gnats. God had kindly stopped the frog plague–at Moses’ request. Then Pharaoh hard heartedly reneged on his promise and refused to free Israel. 

So, God sent gnats. They covered Egypt like dust. The land smelled like dead frogs, gnats covered everything and everyone now knew it was God that was in control. Even the magicians gave up. They told Pharaoh this was God.  

Still, Pharaoh refused to submit. He simply chose to defy God and keep the slaves. This tipping point, this direct rebellion, would seal the fate of Pharaoh and Egypt. 

In everyone’s journey, there is a point of decision where all the confusion is stripped away and one has to decide to either submit to or defy God. It is a personal choice–but one that carries great consequence. 

The Bible is filled with accounts of men that chose to defy God. My years of study has revealed, “it never ends well!!!”  God is the creator of and master of all of this. No matter how strong or how smart we may think ourselves to be–we will never compete. Still, God is a gentleman, he will not force himself on us. 

It simply makes sense to trust and follow him. Allow the one that loves you to lead you–don’t push past the tipping point. 

God Bless You

And the Lord did what Moses asked. The frogs died in the houses, in the courtyards and in the fields.

They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them.

But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground,’ and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats.”

They did this, and when Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came on people and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats.

But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not.Since the gnats were on people and animals everywhere,

the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the Lord had said.

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.’”