Putting God's Word into Practice…

Exodus 6-11

on February 9, 2018

Chapter 6

  • Chapter 5 left off with Moses asking the Lord why he sent him to the Israelites if he was just going to let evil happen to them and they were getting the opposite of deliverance.
  • BUT THE LORD…always pay attention to this phrase in Scripture.  Often when we think we know what is going on, we don’t know what He is doing.  He is about to blow their minds with His might and glory.
  • God Almighty puts Moses on a first name basis!  “I am the LORD.” is stated numerous times in the next few chapters.  God wants people to know Him and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is the one delivering them.
  • God made many promises to the Israelites, but they didn’t listen because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.  (This is also why so many of God’s people don’t listen to truth today…don’t believe His promises.)

Chapter 7

  • Why was the Lord going to put so much pain and suffering in Egypt? SO that the people would know that He is the Lord.  He is always working to make sure His glory is revealed and His name is known.
  • Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded…full obedience! Their obedience didn’t change Pharaoh’s heart or allow them quick deliverance…but it opened up the path for them to see the mighty miracles of God and to have Him produce the miracles through them.
  • Every miracle required a staff…a staff is just a piece of wood!  No power in the wood, no power in the man’s hand holding the wood.  The power was in the Lord delivered through man’s belief and obedience.
  • “Let my people go THAT THEY MAY SERVE ME IN THE WILDERNESS.”  Serve in the wilderness?  We serve the Lord wherever He calls us to serve and worship Him!

Chapter 8

  • There is no one like OUR God! (vs. 10)
  • When Pharaoh saw respite, he hardened his heart.  Isn’t that how it is for us?! When the Lord releases us from our suffering, we turn back to ourselves and our desires.
  • “That you may know that the Lord is in the midst of the earth.”  He wants them to know more about Him and His rule.  Not just that He is the Lord, but that He is near!
  • Moses’ prayer moved the hand of God to relent.

Chapter 9

  • “That you may know that there is NO ONE like me in all the earth.”  Zeroing in on His glory and supremacy!
  • The Lord shares His purposes in all these plagues with Pharaoh in vs. 16…”BUT FOR THIS PURPOSE I HAVE RAISED YOU UP TO SHOW YOU MY POWER SO THAT MY NAME MAY BE PROCLAIMED IN ALL THE EARTH.”  Who raised Pharaoh up?  God did!  Why?  So people would know which one is God.
  • Fear of the Lord results in obedience.  The reason people do not obey is that they do not believe or fear the Lord.
  • “So that you may know that the earth is the Lord’s.”  Not only is He the Lord, and near, that He stands alone, but everything belongs to Him.  They are getting quite a lesson!
  • P.S.  As this story unfolds we see “Mr. Uncircumcised Lips” (6:30) taking over the speaking role (9:35).  God is also transforming Moses into the man He originally called him to be.  As we see God’s glory, our pride is wiped away and the fears that seemed so real and justifiable melt away.

Chapter 10

  • Verse two…”and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord.”  God wants His glory and name to be made known from generation to generation.  It is our job to tell our children and grandchildren about the deeds and deliverance of the Lord.

Chapter 11

  • The Lord gave his people favor in the eyes of the Egyptians.  And they effectively received much gold and silver jewelry from their Egyptian neighbors.
  • The Lord makes a distinction between Egyptians and Israelites.  He makes a distinction between His people and every one else.  His people are set apart.
  • Pharaoh will not listen “so that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”  God has a plan and it’s always for His glory.

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