Good evening y’all. Today we are looking at Exodus 7. Apologies it’s coming a bit late 😦
There a few points I want to bring out from this chapter. I pray you are blessed as you read in Jesus Name. Amen
1) Everything God does has a purpose. He doesn’t do things just for doing sake. In verse 5 we see clearly why God was going to punish the Egyptians and bring judgements on them. He wants them to know that He is the Lord – Yahweh. The only true God who keeps his promises and is real. He is a personal God. Every other God they serve is a counterfeit.
“And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord , when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them”.(Exodus 7:5 KJV)
In the same vein, whatever situation we find ourselves in, we should always know there is a purpose behind it. Let’s ask God to reveal the purpose for where we are or the situation we are facing today.
2) God honors obedience. In verse 6 we are told that Moses and Aaron did as God commanded them.
“So Moses and Aaron did just as the lord had commanded them”. (Exodus 7:6 NLT)
Notice the contrast here between the Moses of chapter 6 who was making excuses to God as to why He couldn’t go to speak to Pharoah. Now we get to chapter 7 and we are told he did as the Lord commanded. He didn’t make excuses or anything he just went ahead with Gods plan. I’m sure on their way to Pharoah both Moses and Aaron must have been scared, yet the stepped out in obedience and did all that God asked them to do and say to Pharoah.
Faith is simply obedience…its saying I don’t know how and I’m afraid but because God has said it, I will trust and do it. Today whatever it is that God is asking you to do, pls step out in faith and obey. God honors our obedience.
3) Pride is very dangerous – Pharoah didn’t believe or fear God at all. Even when Moses and Aaron performed the first miracle, he still didn’t believe and to prove that he called his own magicians who were able to reproduce the same miracle. He just couldn’t believe there was another God greater than him or the Egyptian gods. Pride couldnt make him see past his nose. God gave him opportunities to let the isrealites go and if he had yielded and let them go, perhaps egypt won’t have been destroyed but pride! pride! pride! kept Pharoah from letting them go. Letting go would have meant he finally accepted the God of the Isrealites as the true God and he wasn’t ready to do that. Perhaps to him admitting and believing in what Moses had to say could be misinterpreted by his officials as weakness or fear so to protect his status he continued to exhibit pride and be resistant to God.
You might say but God hardened pharoahs heart – true, but before God did, it was obvious from the previous chapters that pharaoh had no intention of letting the people go. God had to humble him and bring him to his knees to show him that He is the Lord – Yahweh.
Pride will rob us of all that God has for us. Better to submit to God willingly than to wait till when he humbles us and brings us to our knees. Had pharoah humbled himself and acknowledged God as the true God, probably the Exodus story would have been different and his life and that of his kingdom would have been preserved.
4) The worst sin we can commit is the sin of defiance – refusing out rightly to acknowledge God or obey him. Our hearts become hardened because we choose to remain in our sins and do things our way. So far in Exodus, God gave Pharoah multiple chances to let the people go and the plagues won’t come upon the Egyptians but he refused. He outrightly defied God and chose not to let the people go. Even after the nile was turned to blood, in his arrogance and defiance, he called his own magicians and they were able to repeat the same miracle. Verse 23 tells us he basically walked away with no remorse. This is truly a hardened heart.
“But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts. So Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said. Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and he did not take even this to heart“. (Exodus 7:22-23 ESV)
It’s not sinning that’s the issue, its our attitude to the sin that matters. Do we want to be free from the sin or are we content to continue in it knowing fully the consequences? Choosing the latter is where our hearts become hardened against God.
Let’s check ourselves today. What areas of our lives are we defying God on purpose. Let’s repent and ask God for grace to submit to his Lordship so our hearts don’t become hardened.
Dear Lord we thank you for today. Thank you for your faithfulness as Yahweh, the God who makes promises and keeps them. We pray you help us not be content to remain in our sins but help us desire to be free and enjoy all that you have to offer us. Pls remove pride from us and help us surrender to your Lordship at all times. Thank you for loving us. In Jesus Mighty Name we prayed. Amen.
Thanks for joining today.
Have a blessed evening 🙂
***With God all things are possible***