This morning I was having a great cup of coffee and spending some time just enjoying reading His Word. This is something I do every morning. I have no plan for reading through in 90 days or a year I just read and let Him get into my mind and heart with whatever He needs me to know at that point. When I’ve finished I just start all over and read the Bible again. Today I was reading in Exodus about the Plagues and found some very interesting concepts (Even though I’ve read these words many times before He always adds something new for me to think about.).
Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh (painting by Benjamin West) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sometimes, because of the way our Bibles are divided into chapters, I miss something interesting. At the beginning of Exodus 7 God said to Moses ‘Look at Me’. In the last verse of the chapter before Moses had said to God ‘Look at Me’. Can’t you just see God smiling in this exchange of words. Look at me, NO Look at Me! You’re saying you stutter, I AM saying I’ll make you like a god to them. one-upmanship at it’s best….
In Exodus 10 Pharaoh’s servants have had enough. They want to know how long Pharaoh is going to let this go on. There is basically nothing left of their country. What wasn’t taken by boils and hail was eaten by flies, gnats and locusts. It didn’t matter to Pharaoh, even though he called Moses back and said OK you can go, God kept him stubborn as ever.
In the 9th Plague God puts a thick darkness on the land of Egypt. So thick the Word says it was so dark you could touch it. Can you imagine what fear that would cause? Ray and I have experienced that kind of darkness, literally. We’ve been deep in caves under the surface of the earth when the guide turns off the lanterns. Let me tell you, it’s so dark it can be felt. Here’s something I find interesting. The exchange between Moses and Pharaoh is enlightening (pun intended). Pharaoh says, “Get out of my sight!” Moses says, “You won’t see my face again.” After darkness so dark it was blinding, no one could even move because it was so dark, Pharaoh says I don’t want to see you again…Hm-m-m-m!
Before the Plague of Death Moses gives Pharaoh God’s words about the Death to come. This is powerful stuff! The first-born will be killed. This is a huge punishment in this culture and time. Everything belonged to the first-born. But, once again, Pharaoh gets stubborn. Death sweeps through Egypt, saving only the Israelites, and still Pharaoh refuses to act. Everyone else does, though. They beg the Israelites to leave giving them jewelry and clothing for the trip.
Isn’t it the same with us. Aren’t we a bit like Pharaoh? He truly believed in his god-status and wasn’t about to let the Real One get the upper hand. When we say my way or the highway, I know what works for me, don’t tell me how to do this or that…aren’t we acting like Pharaoh?
Worship the One and Only with me in song – –Days of Elijah (Just click on the title)
Heavenly Father speak to me. You know me and know what I need to ‘hear’. Open my ears, eyes, mind, heart and soul to what You would have me know from the Words You have ‘breathed’ onto paper. Make it so, Lord!