This particular part of the Prayer series has proven to be quite a challenge to me. In my last post, “PRAYER – MOSES AND THE TEN PLAGUES” I gave you quite a run down on the plagues but no in-depth information except on a couple of questions that arose during the reading and researching of the scriptures. I also offered a time line, of sorts, on how long this whole ordeal took with the Ten Plagues, referencing the constant contact (prayer time) that Moses and Aaron obviously had with God during this time. In researching the last plague, the death of the first born male of the land, I have found so much information that my brain feels like it is about to BURST, and I am not yet through reading. Here is a little of what I have found that has taken my focus away from strictly the last plague.
- There are many people “in the know” – supposedly – that dispute that the Exodus ever happened. Yep, they are calling it “folk-lore” or myth or legend.
- The “Pharaoh” who was ruling at the time of the “Exodus” is disputed 10 ways to Sunday (where did that phrase ever come from, anyway?).
- There is some speculation as to why Moses omitted the proper “name” of the ruling Pharaoh.
- The time of the Exodus – if it did occur – which is thought to be true by yet another set of people “in the know”.
- If Pharaoh “A” was ruling at the time of the Exodus – that may or may not have occurred… then he must not have been the first born son of his father (the previous Pharaoh) because he survived the last plague… So the last plague – death of the firstborn did occur … or did it? But if Pharaoh “B” was ruling, then…
- And so on and so on and so on…
You see how I get sidetracked. I tell you what, this information is so very interesting to me and I love the research. However…. Oh how I can get going down rabbit trails and fox holes!.
Let me set the record straight… I believe that God caused all the plagues to occur just as the Bible states. I believe that the Exodus DID occur just as the Bible states and I believe that the Israelites (Hebrews) left the land of Egypt in a great number (2,000,000). I believe that the Israelites crossed the Red Sea on dry land, just as the Bible states. I believe that the entire premier army of the Pharaoh at the time, perished in the Red Sea – horses and all, in their pursuit of the released Israelites. I believe there was a C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-I-O-N on the other side of the Red Sea when the walls of the Red Sea fell in on the army of Pharaoh, and so much more! But that is getting a little ahead of this particular post… I just wanted to share with you what I have gone through tonight, trying desperately to find a landing spot, so I could begin to write my post.
It has been another lesson in futility tonight, to read a lot of the “skeptics” opinion and try to make sense of their diatribe! However, it is also a lesson worth learning. The lesson being … If you begin to tear apart the Holy Scriptures and do not give them the respect and honor that they demand and deserve, you will find yourself chasing your tail up and down rabbit trails and down fox holes. You must accept that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God!
There is a lot to still learn from the original language used and how “modern day” man has translated various aspects of the text. We will probably NEVER know all there is to know about each phrase or word used in all of scripture, but there is one thing that you can count on… God’s Word is true! It is powerful! It is God’s Word! His love letter to us. As I said before… this scripture explains:
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Yes, there is a lot of bloodshed and strange happenings documented in this wonderful book that we call the Bible, but it is such a Masterpiece of a mirror of God’s grace, mercy, long suffering and love for His people. God is a good, loving, kind and compassionate God that wishes none to perish, but as I said in a post recently, God will NOT be mocked and tarry with us forever! He is God! He was, is and always will be! He had no beginning, and He has no end! He has always been!
That is so hard for some folks to grasp. I get it! Our brains just have a hard time with that. We are finite beings trying to understand and explain an Infinite God! An Infinite God that cares about the tiniest detail in your daily goings on. YES! He cares! There is a lot of faith that has to enter into the picture here, though. However, after my introduction to “Apologetics” lately, it takes a lot more faith to be an atheist than to believe in a Sovereign, Just, Righteous, Almighty, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Loving, Compassionate, Merciful, Gracious God that created the entire universe by the Word of His mouth. That’s another post someday though…
So with all of that said… I would like to beg your indulgence one more time to wait for tomorrow for the post on “The Last Plague”. As you can see, my brain seems to have been working overtime tonight and I have to shut it off and sleep. The hour is a bit late and I could not write any more – at least and it make sense enough for you to appreciate it. So I will begin to talk about the Last Plague tomorrow and see how this important event was so vital to the Israelites and their faith.
The Song – Be Thou My Vision – Ginny Owens