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PRAYER – DEATH OF THE FIRSTBORN AND PASSOVER

I will tell you up front that this post is a long one.  There was a lot to share and I used some quotes and a lot of scripture to tell the whole story.  I appreciate the time it takes for you to read such a long post, but it is vital to get all the information across in a way that makes sense and tells what God wants to share. Thank you, in advance, for your time and patience.

The 10th and final plague that God brought to Pharaoh in Egypt was the death of the firstborn son of every home from the Pharaoh’s palace to the maidservant grinding at the wheel. That covered everyone in Egypt. Let’s begin by looking at the scripture.

Exodus 11

And the Lord said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will surely drive you out of here altogether. Speak now in the hearing of the people, and let every man ask from his neighbor and every woman from her neighbor, articles of silver and articles of gold.” And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people.

Then Moses said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt; and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals. Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again. But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.’ And all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me, saying, ‘Get out, and all the people who follow you!’ After that I will go out.” Then he went out from Pharaoh in great anger.moses_and_aaron_before_pharoah_bbl34-129

But the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not heed you, so that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.” 10 So Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh; and the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go out of his land.

Pharaoh had been hard-hearted for the last time and God meant business this time. Pharaoh had gotten increasingly colder and indifferent, almost like he was playing a game with Moses and Aaron and ultimately with this God that he didn’t know. Each plague had gotten increasingly tougher on the Egyptians and Pharaoh was not budging. It was noted in some of the literature that I read that some of the servants that kept the animals for Pharaoh began to believe and fear the word of the Lord and did bring the animals into shelter before the hail storm.

Exodus 9:20-21

20 He who feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his livestock flee to the houses. 21 But he who did not regard the word of the Lord left his servants and his livestock in the field.

Remember that the Israelites, living in Goshen, never once had any hardships or felt the effects of any of the plagues. They were protected by God, they were His people. However, the last plague was most severe and the Israelites must actually perform a ritual so they could remain unaffected. I say unaffected… but I imagine it affected them in a very deep way. Let me rephrase to say they were not affected in a negative way. I will talk about that in a moment.

Something else that I read in some of the literature about this last plague that is noteworthy is this: (From Exodus – The God You Thought You Knew, A study of Exodus 1-40, Christ Fellowship Church, McKinney, Texas)

The plagues against Egypt show us what can result from hard-hearted rebellion. A denial of God brings judgment because the one, true God deserves our worship and obedience. Only God has creation at his disposal, and knows what is best for those created in his image. In submitting to him, we are availing ourselves of what we most need, peace with our creator. A stubborn insistence on having our own way will inevitably lead to our destruction.

Pharaoh insisted on his own will and thought God could be resisted. God powerfully demonstrated that the cost of rebellion is high.”hardheart

 How many times in life are we insistent on “Our Own Way”? As it says in the above text, this leads to our destruction. It certainly lead to Pharaoh’s destruction, didn’t it? Jesus taught us time and time again, to love one another, not to insist on our way, to be kind to one another, etc. This picture of Pharaoh is like a three year old having a temper tantrum. The temper tantrum is about to be his undoing, too. He rejected God and all of His ways to try to prove his point. The rejection of God and His ways will always change us for the worse. We, as Christians, are given ways to live and ways to think. We must follow those ways to be full in the Spirit of God. If we choose our own ways to live and think, unhappiness and destruction will find us out eventually.

If you notice back in Exodus 11:8, it is mentioned that Moses “went out from Pharaoh in great anger.”

And all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me, saying, ‘Get out, and all the people who follow you!’ After that I will go out.” Then he went out from Pharaoh in great anger.

On the website BibleStudyTools.com it has this to say:

“Holy and righteous indignation at the duplicity, repeated falsehood, and hardened impenitence of the king; and this strong emotion was stirred in the bosom of Moses, not at the ill reception given to himself, but the dishonor done to God.”

Moses had had enough and so had God. If you remember in Ephesians 4:26-27 it talks about be angry and do not sin… I think Moses was at this point and beyond!

26 “Be angry, and do not sin”:[f] do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.

This had gone on and on and Moses knew God was at the end of his patience and so was Moses and Aaron.pharaoh and moses and aaron

The next thing we see is God preparing the Israelites for what we now call “The Passover”.

I like what they have to say in The God You Thought You Knew, A study of Exodus 1-40, Christ Fellowship Church, McKinney, Texas.

“The Passover became the most significant observance for the ancient Israelites. It demonstrated God’s commitment to his promises, and his willingness to save his people. For Christians, Passover represents God’s promises and salvation fulfilled in Jesus Christ. We have the benefit of seeing the Passover through the lens of the cross. As you study the events of that night, consider how it reflects the ultimate Passover lamb that was to come. Allow it to give you reason to worship him even more.”

As God explains to Moses what to do to prepare, He is showing them that this is a way of salvation for them if they act in faith. They must follow God’s instructions to be saved. Those instructions were clear, concise and very important. Not one thing should be left out or else anyone who leaves that one detail off will suffer the consequences of the 10th and final plague. Death of the first born male. Let’s look at the scripture.Exodus-Passover

Exodus 12

Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall passover_472_348_80kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. 10 You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. 11 And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover.

12 ‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man a1280px-foster_bible_pictures_0062-1_the_angel_of_death_and_the_first_passovernd beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. 13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Another very good quote from The God You Thought You Knew, A study of Exodus 1-40, Christ Fellowship Church, McKinney, Texas.

“But while the God-rejecting Egyptians experience judgment, the Israelite homes marked by the blood are spared (Exod. 12:13). The message is unmistakable: Yahweh alone has the power to save life or to take it. He alone is God.

Be careful to note that the same God who graciously offered life to those joined to him by faith is also the one who personally took the lives of those opposed to him. Contrary to some attitudes today, Yahweh is deserving of the utmost respect, obedience and worship. The Lord judged the sins of the Egyptians. The only thing that prevented the Israelites from experiencing the same judgment was the blood of the lamb. The only thing that prevents us from experiencing God’s judgment is the blood of Christ.

We cannot allow cultural influences to convince us that we have the right to judge God’s actions. We are wrong to think that our judgment will necessarily reflect that of the creator. You may be offended by God’s judgment of sin until you are sinned against. Then you might just be offended by his forgiveness.”

God is a gracious and forgiving God that provides a way of salvation for the Israelites just as He provided a way for our salvation. We should never look at the Passover as just another event in history. It points us to Christ and His shed blood for our sins. For without the shedding of blood there is no JesusThePassoverLamb_Title_Fullres_Webremission of sin.

Hebrews 9:22

22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

The Passover was not just for the Israelites that night, but for them to teach it to their children and their children’s children, on down through all generations. These instructions were told to the Israelites and they understood and again… they “heard the Word of the Lord”… and “bowed their heads and worshiped”.

Exodus 12:26

26 And it shall be, when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ 27 that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.’” So the people bowed their heads and worshiped. 28 Then the children of Israel went away and did so; just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.

Just as the Lord had said, it happened. Pharaoh had no recourse but to let the Israelites go. He was so distraught and spent with all of this and this final blow was it! You cannot mock God forever. He is God! He is in TOTAL control and you will either heed His Word or pay dire consequences.doreg_2_enlarge

Exodus 12:29-32

29 And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. 30 So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead.the-plague-of-the-firstborns

The Exodus

31 Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, “Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the Lord as you have said. 32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also.”

Pharaoh’s frustration was at the end. Although it was a temporary “end”, he ordered them to leave and leave now! I think it very odd though, that he asked to be “blessed also”. Here is a man that has witnessed the power of the Almighty God and now has felt the dire consequences of his actions and now he asking to be blessed? Emotions. Pharaoh was having an emotional moment, and well that he should. He had just lost his first born. The first born to the throne. His successor! In this time in history, the first born was a vital part of the success and longevity of a family. To lose the firstborn, he had just lost his own success. Pharaoh was asking for a blessing out of his deep emotions.14-The-Egyptians-will-know-I-am-LORD

Emotions can be a good thing and then they can also be a bad thing… or at least they can be untimely. I have learned that if we abruptly act on our “emotions” instead of letting the heat of the moment die down a bit, our actions usually are not representative of how we may feel in the long run. Pharaoh definitely did not feel this way after the Israelites had all left, but that is another post.

We have covered a lot of ground in this post and as I said yesterday, this particular part of this Prayer series has been a challenge. God has stretched me and delayed me for whatever reason. I have learned though, that things happen for reasons and God’s timing is ALWAYS perfect and I can always trust His plan. I may not see why things happen for a long time or ever, but I know I can trust Him and His plan for my life. Whether that is writing a post or looking for a job or changing churches after 18 years. All things work together for good for those that love the Lord and are called according to His purposes. Romans 8:28. I am living that life for sure.

So the Israelites are now, finally, leaving Egypt with all their belongings, and the things they acquired from their neighbors, their children and their flocks. What a site that must have been! Our God is a Great God! He can do things on LARGE SCALE and yet cares for the tiniest detail. He plans for success in our lives. We just have to heed His call and follow His plan. The Israelites actually did that on this occasion and are free from bondage finally!

Thank you for sticking with me throughout this very long post. I had a lot of ground to cover and I felt compelled to include the quotes and all of the scripture that I did. I hope you have enjoyed this part of the Prayer series. There have been many important lessons to learn from Pharaoh and his hard-hearted ways. God is in control and He will demonstrate it if necessary!

I would like to close with a yet another quote from The God You Thought You Knew, A study of Exodus 1-40, Christ Fellowship Church, McKinney, Texas.

“The real point of the exodus story [is] that God supernaturally delivers his people from bondage to bring them to a promised land and that they belong to him, not to themselves.”2 God was teaching the basic concept that “if a life is to be restored, it must be bought back (redeemed) by a payment; and that payment is often the substitutionary death of something for something else.”3 That is the reason Paul tells us that we “were bought at a price” (1 Cor. 6:20 and 7:23). The price was the death of Jesus Christ so that we might live.

The Song – Generations – Sara Groves

The Video – House of Israel – Out of Egypt

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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–MOSES AND THE TEN PLAGUES-2

The last post I did was just a shortened version of this one. I included the below table of the Ten Plagues in that shortened version of this post. I will not be going over each and every plague in detail. However, I will look at various aspects of some and expound on those. This is an interesting time that Aaron and Moses had with Pharaoh. One that has been documented by science as well as the Bible, in detail. Yes, science has seen the need to go and “prove” that things like this can and did occur naturally back then. It really doesn’t matter to me whether God did it supernaturally or with the natural events of nature. I believe God made it happen and at least a few someones have said in the past… “God works in mysterious ways.” Here is a website that speaks to the “scientific proof” that these events happened naturally by various natural reasons – the article entitled “Scientists prove that the 10 Plagues of Egypt really did happen”.

As you all know by now, this is a Prayer series and God and Moses and Aaron were in constant contact with God during this time. There was a time line however for all of the plagues and I have found information on a couple of websites that explain the length of days/months that all ten of these plagues took place. Also, one of the websites answered another question that I had about another aspect of one of the plagues.exodus_plagues1 (If you click on the picture it will enlarge so you can read it better).

Here is a table of the ten plagues. The following information is from The Agape Bible Study website.

Scripture Passage

The Plagues

Ex 7:14-35
  1. Water of the Nile turned to blood (even the water in wood and stone vessels)
Ex 7:26-8:10 (8:1- 14)
  1. The plague of frogs
Ex 8:12-15 (8:16-19)
  1. The plague of lice/mosquitoes
Ex 8:16-28 (8:20-32)
  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; 12:29-34
  1. The plague of the death of the firstborn +
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+ 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.

As I mentioned that one of the websites answered one of my questions… I will quote the question and answer from one of the websites because it is exactly what I was wondering. First here is the scripture I had questions about.

Exodus 9:1-5the-fifth-plague-of-egypt-joseph-mallord-william-turner

 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and tell him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. For if you refuse to let them go, and still hold them, behold, the hand of the Lord will be on your cattle in the field, on the horses, on the donkeys, on the camels, on the oxen, and on the sheep—a very severe pestilence. 4 And the Lord will make a difference between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt. So nothing shall die of all that belongs to the children of Israel.”’” 5 Then the Lord appointed a set time, saying, “Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land.”

OK, here is the question that I had and from the website JesusAlive.

 “Q: #327. In Exodus 9, it says that God killed ALL of the livestock of Egypt by pestilence during the 5th plague. Then, before the 7th plague, God told Moses to warn everyone to bring their livestock out of the fields so they wouldn’t die. Where did the livestock come from in such a short time between the 5th and 7th plagues?”

Exodus 9:18-19

18 Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause very heavy hail to rain down, such as has not been in Egypt since its founding until now. 19 Therefore send now and gather your livestock and all that you have in the field, for the hail shall come down on every man and every animal which is found in the field and is not brought home; and they shall die.”’”

There are three possible explanations on that same website. The first one seems most plausible to me, as it did to the writer of the article. I will include his first answer and you can read the rest of the possible answers if you click this link – Where did the livestock come from?

#1. If you look at (Ex 9:3), we see God saying that the pestilence would strike all the livestock that were “in the field.” So, perhaps there was sheltered livestock that was not “in the field,” which kept them from being struck with the pestilence. I find this the most likely explanation. There were quite likely very many places throughout the land to shelter animals. For example, we can see in (2 Chr 32:28) that King Hezekiah had “stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes (coops) for flocks.” (2 Chr 9:25) says that King Solomon had 4000 stalls for his horses! (See: Num 32:16,24,36, Mal 4:2, Zeph 2:6, Hab 3:17 for more examples)
*** Note: Something like this would also explain why in (Ex 14:7), Pharaoh had 600 horse drawn chariots to chase after Moses.”

So with that question pretty much answered, here is the second question.image

“Q: #219. How long did the 10 plagues of Egypt last?”

“A: The Bible does not tell us the answer to this question, and as a result, there are numerous guesses. These range anywhere from about a month to about a year (the Jewish Mishnah says 1 year). Based on my studies, I am guessing about 4-5 months. Here is why.

     We do know several facts for sure. First, the Bible says in (Ex 7:6) that Moses was 80 years old when the 10 plagues started after he spoke to Pharaoh. After the plagues were done, and Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go, they wandered in the desert for 40 years (Num 14:33-34, 32:13). Moses died at the end of the 40 years at the age of 120 (Deut 34:7). Therefore, if Moses was 80 at the start, wandered 40 years, and died at 120, the plagues had to have ended in under a year.” …

“…Therefore, the timeframe for the 7th plague through the 10th plague was almost certainly no more than a month and a half to two months. This works out to about 2 weeks at most for each   (the length of the plague plus the warning proceeding it). If we carry this out to the other 6 plagues, we get 12 weeks. So, the total is 20 weeks or about 4 to 5 months for all 10 plagues.”

This link “How long did the 10 Plagues of Egypt last?” – will take you to the entire article. It is worth the read and it’s not very long. Shouldn’t take you but a few minutes. You ask “Why is this all that important?” It really isn’t that important as far as the story line goes. It is important to note, though, that God drew this out over time. He was making a point and hoping that it would make a point to c7f4c49026313d613e025ad931cf6d4f_300x204Pharaoh, I believe. I bet God was so hoping that Pharaoh was going to change… although God knew he wouldn’t … because God is God and He knew the outcome, before Pharaoh was born! God is a good God and wants all to come to a knowledge of Him. More than just a “knowledge” of Him though. Since we know the “rest of the story” and know that Jesus came and died and rose again, we know, ultimately, God wants everyone – ALL – to come to a “Saving Knowledge” of Him! However, Jesus had not graced the earth at this time in history – at least not as Jesus Christ, Son of man. We know, though, that Pharaoh did not ever concede and he was pretty destroyed because of it. God gave him so many chances. So many!

It is worth stating here that the Israelites did not suffer any loss or damage of any kind in the land of Goshen, which was just next to Egypt – during these plagues. Goshen was where the Israelites lived and God protected them, as He said He would. They were under His protection just as we are when we accept Jesus Christ. When we come to a Saving Knowledge of Jesus Christ and accept Him into our lives, our lives, our sins, our shortcomings are all covered by the blood of the Lamb.

How many chances have you been given? I can’t count the ones God has bestowed upon me. He is such a loving and forgiving God. However, HE WILL NOT BE MOCKED! God will not tarry with us forever.jacobseesjosephagaininegypt

Galatians 6:7

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Have you heard God calling you? Have you thought that you heard in your heart and spirit “Walk this way” and you chose to walk another? We are human. We make mistakes. We fall, God picks us up. God understands because He created us. We are our own worst enemy though. God can forgive if we come to Him with a truly repentant heart. But if we never acknowledge our error, turn from it, repent and ask forgiveness, how is God ever going to forgive us? We keep holding on to it and beating ourselves over the head with “IT”… whatever “IT” is. God says the time is now. Not next week, not even the next hour… Now!

Hebrews 4:7

“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”[a]

James 4:15

14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

If God calls you to come to Him and either walk a different path – away from a damaging situation or relationship, or come to Jesus for your salvation, don’t ignore that call. That still, small voice is the most important one you will ever hear! Heed God’s call to come to Him. After all He calls you His beloved!

The Song – The Wind And The Waves – David Phelps

The Video – The Wind And The Waves (with lyrics) – David Phelps

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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.

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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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