Now Available At the Resource Page

23 Apr

Exodus 5-10

The third installment of the Exodus Series is now available at the Resource page.  Check it out, or simply click here.  

Here is an excerpt: 

We could understand God choosing to give up on the Israelites.  Not only has His chosen deliverer failed to what he was supposed to do, but the rest of the people have lost hope, are numb to the promise, and have, in a sense, accepted their fate: to be slaves of the Egyptians forever. 

We can relate, right?  God would be completely justified in giving up on us time and again.  We fall into sin, suffer its consequences, repent and utter the famous last words: I’ll never do it again.  Before long, though, sin rears its ugly head yet again. 

 But how did (and does) God respond, both the Israelites and to us?  He graciously chooses to work on our behalf, to deliver His children.  He sends Moses back to Pharaoh, saying, “The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.” 

 And it all begins with a prophetic revelation of God’s power through Moses and Aaron in the sight of Pharaoh.  Aaron throws down his staff, and it turns into a serpent.  Pharaoh summons the wise men, sorcerers, and magicians of Egypt, and together, they do the same.  But it is Aaron’s staff that swallows up the staffs of the Egyptians.  The Lord God is victorious over the magicians and sorcerers, foreshadowing the greater victory yet to come.  As we see in chapters seven through ten, in each of the plagues, God is victorious over the Egyptians, their “gods” and Pharaoh himself.

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