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PRAYER – INFORMATION

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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?).
  3. There is some speculation as to why Moses omitted the proper “name” of the ruling Pharaoh.
  4. The time of the Exodus – if it did occur – which is thought to be true by yet another set of people “in the know”.
  5. 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…
  6. 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 tgloryhe 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!04-relax

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:

2 Timothy 3:16-17

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 o130822-TH-Gods-Word-Our-Foundationf 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! faith-oswald-chambers-550x320There 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

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PRAYER – THE TEN PLAGUES OF EGYPT

This post will be a shorted version of the one I will do for Monday. I will not be doing a post for tomorrow (Sunday). I will post this table and then expound on it on Monday’s post. Tomorrow is Sunday and I will be taking a little breather tonight from posting tomorrow morning.

The last post about Moses and Aaron was about how the Israelites “heard” the Word of The Lord that Aaron and Moses brought them and their reaction. They “bowed their head and worshiped”. Here is the link to that post if you missed it “PRAYER – MOSES, AARON AND THE ISRAELITES”.

As I said I will post more on the following information on Monday. Here is a table of the ten plagues.

Scripture Passage The Plagues
Ex 7:14-25
  1. Water of the Nile turned to blood (even the water in wood and stone vessels)
Ex 8:1- 14
  1. The plague of frogs
Ex 8:16-19
  1. The plague of lice/mosquitoes
Ex 8:120-24
  1. The plague of the mixture + *
Ex 9:1-7
  1. The plague of that caused the death of the Egyptians’ livestock +
Ex 9:8-12
  1. The plague of the boils
Ex 9:13-32
  1. The plague of the hail +
Ex 10:12-20
  1. The plague of the locusts
Ex 10:21-23
  1. The plague of darkness +
Ex 11:1-8; 12:29-32
  1. The plague of the death of the firstborn

+  the five plagues that did not affect the Israelites (8:16; 9:4, 26; 10:23; 11:7).

*  the precise nature of the 4th plague is not clear. The Hebrew word for the fourth plague is arov / arob, a noun based on a Hebrew root meaning to mix, thus yielding a word that means mixture ( Interlinear Bible: Hebrew-English, vol. I, page 160; Briggs-Driver-Brown Hebrew Lexicon, page 487).

Scripture does not identify the nature of the fourth plague; it is only noted that it was a mixture. It is possible, however, to suggest what the fourth plague may have been from observing the pattern of the other plagues that seem to progress in pairs:

  • Plagues 1 and 2 came from water: the water of the Nile turning to blood and the frogs came from the water of the Nile (Ex 7:28; 8:3).
  • Plagues 5 and 6 were caused by disease.
  • Plagues 7 and 8 came from the sky (9:23; 10:13).
  • Plagues 9 and 10 were the absence of light and the absence of the light of life; darkness in Scripture is often a symbol of death.

If you click on the following picture, it will expand and be clearer to read.

exodus_plagues1Thank you all for understanding… I look forward to bringing you more on Monday.

The Song – I Cry You Care – David Phelps

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PRAYER – JOSEPH A TYPE OF CHRIST

I ended yesterday’s post with Joseph arriving in Egypt into Potiphar’s house. God was with Joseph and Joseph was a very successful man in all that he did. Here is the scripture.

Genesis 39:1-6

Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. scan0007Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field. Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate.

Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.

Before I continue with the story of Joseph, I want to back up a bit and mention a few very interesting and important comparisons between Joseph and Jesus. Joseph is known as a “type of Christ” and here is a table that I found on a website that has the story of Joseph. The website is Agape Bible Study. It has so much great information in it. Please look at this table and see the comparisons that are drawn here.

JOSEPH SON OF JACOB AS A “TYPE” OF CHRIST
JOSPEH JESUS
Joseph’s father gave him authority over his brothers. Jesus was given all authority from God the Father.
Joseph escaped death by going into Egypt. Jesus escaped death by going into Egypt.
He was betrayed by his brothers, the sons of Jacob/Israel. Jesus was betrayed by his brothers, the sons of Israel – the Jews.
Joseph’s brothers believed he was dead, but he was found to be alive and became the savior of his family. Jesus was believed to be dead, but He was found to be alive. He was Resurrected from the dead.
Joseph was the beloved son of Jacob/Israel. Jesus is a “son” of Israel (descendant of Jacob/Israel), and He is also the beloved Son of God.
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Now there may be more comparisons but these are the only ones I will mention at this time. The rest of the story of Joseph is quite interesting, so let’s pick it back up as Joseph is becoming very successful in Potiphar’s house. Here is the next part of the scripture.

Genesis 39:7-20

And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.”

But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

10 So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her.

11 But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, 12 that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. 13 And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, 14 that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. 15 And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.”

16 So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. 17 Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me; 18 so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.”

19 So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused. 20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.

Now, how many times have you just been doing the “right” thing and all of a sudden your world comes crashing down!? You can’t for the life of you figure out what has really happened! You were simply doing the right thing! Well, the ones that lie, cheat and steal never think twice about how it affects you or the next person… they just do it because they are just betrayers! Here is one definition of betray:SONY DSC

be·tray

verb \bi-ˈtrā, bē-\
to hurt (someone who trusts you, such as a friend or relative) by not giving help or by doing something morally wrong

I would say that what Joseph’s master’s wife did was this. “To hurt by doing something morally wrong”. This old saying comes to mind … “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”?

Meaning: A woman rejected in love can be very angry and dangerous.

Origin: This saying is based on lines from The Mourning Bride by William Congreve (1670-1729):

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

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So Joseph was not going to give in to the temptation of his master’s wife. He relied on God and was not interested in the least. His allegiance was to God and to his master. It’s interesting that the record in scripture never once says anything about Joseph being questioned. He must not have tried to turn the table on this wicked woman. So he gets thrown into prison. However, God was with him there as well and he prospered, even in prison.  (If you remember Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. Also, how many times was Jesus misunderstood and accused of wrong doing by the “religious leaders” of the day? I find these two comparisons important, as well.)  Here is the scripture about Joseph in prison.

Genesis 39:21-232014807_univ_cnt_3_xl

21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. 23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority,[a] because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.

I would say that God went before Joseph and prepared the way for him. Whatever he seemed to do, he prospered because the Lord was with him. Joseph knew this and apparently trusted God to see him through whatever circumstance he found himself in.

The following paragraph is from the website I mentioned earlier (Agape Bible Study). The author of this part of the Bible study, on that website, has some interesting information and I want to share it with you. Here it is:

“Joseph was hit with two life altering tragedies: first he was sold into slavery by his brothers and now he has been falsely accused and thrown into prison. Despite his tragedies, he had not lost his faith in God and God rewarded Joseph’s faith and trust by blessing him, even in the darkness of Pharaoh’s dungeon: since Yahweh was with him, and Yahweh made everything he understood successful. Potiphar, the commander of the guard and Joseph’s master, did not send Joseph to the mines or to the prison of the common criminals, instead he put him in the prison over which he had authority where the political prisoners and the more affluent men who offended the Pharaoh were kept. Joseph’s abilities were again recognized and appreciated. The chief jailor put him in charge of all the prisoners and Potiphar, Joseph’s master and commander of the guard which included the administration of the prison, personally selected Joseph to attend to Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker.”

The scriptures do not really show any “prayer” time – conversation with God (at least not yet) that Joseph had with God. I wonder… did Joseph ever just sit down and wonder… “how in the world did I get here?” He surely must have … from time to time. All we know is that Joseph just kept doing the next right thing and he was always successful.joseph_egypt

In the next post we will find out about the dreams of the butler and the baker. Joseph not only has dreams given from the Lord, but the Lord has also given him the ability to interpret other’s dreams. The plot thickens and gets interesting, and of course, Joseph has more lessons to learn. Trust in God and God alone!

04-relaxRemember, God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you too, like He had with Joseph. One of provision and faith and trust. God asks His children (us, you and me) to trust Him in all that we do and He will be with us, provide for us and protect us. God loves you so much. He calls you His beloved!

The Bible says you are:

…the elect of God, holy and beloved… Colossians 3:12 (KJV)

12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

beloved of the Lord. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (KJV)

13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.
Deuteronomy 33:12

The Song – When I Don’t Know What To Do – Charles Billingsley

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