Suggested Reading: Exodus 10-11
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Key Verse: Exodus 11:5
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.
80 years earlier, the grandfather of the present Pharaoh ordered the death of all Israel’s boy babies. Moses is now threatened with death (Ex. 10:28-29). Some say that the decision for the final plague came from the mouth of Pharaoh himself. In verse eight it states that Moses was “hot with anger” when he left this last meeting with Pharaoh. According to Numbers 12:3, “Moses was very meek.” Meekness means “strength under control.” When all else fails, God brings severe judgement. We cannot trifle with God or view Him as a celestial Santa Claus. We are to love God and fear God at the same time. There is a tension here that brings balance. We embrace God, who cares for His people, but at the same time God, who will accomplish His purposes, has the right to pronounce and execute judgement.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Almighty and eternal God, Your judgement fell upon Your firstborn and only begotten Son, Jesus, our Saviour and our Lord. I thank You with all my heart that Your love and Your judgement came together at the Cross. You suffered greater pain than any of us can begin to comprehend. I love You and I fear You. I come boldly before You because Jesus took my place. In His Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I wonder about God hardening Pharaoh’s heart. Yes, God sent plagues of increasing severity. It was Pharaoh’s reaction to God’s actions that produced the hard heart. In slave-based economies, slaves represented the greatest wealth of the nation. I’ve watched several times the movie on the life of that great Christian, Wilberforce, who brought about the deliverance of the slaves in Britain and throughout the Empire. If you’ve not seen this or read the book by Eric Metaxas on which the movie was based, I urge you to avail yourself of his history of this modern Moses (find the book HERE or the movie HERE). The Civil War in the United States was over the issue of the slavery of God’s children. Refresh your knowledge of that period by reading about President Lincoln or watch a movie. Many more deaths resulted because of America’s struggle than occured in ancient Egypt. In the Cairo museum there is a mummy that the scholars identlfy as the body of the Pharaoh of the exodus. I’ve gazed several times at this semi-decomposed body and drew my own conclusions as stated here.
Yours for freedom to do the will of God,
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