January 23, 2013

Today’s Reading: Exodus 5-8

Highlights of Today’s Reading: Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh, but he has no interest in letting the children of Israel go. Pharaoh is angered and increases the burdens on the children of Israel.  This trouble causes the people to turn against Moses and causes Moses to question God (5:21-23).  God begins to bring plagues (Blood, Frogs, Lice, Flies) on Egypt but Pharaoh refuses to let them go.

It quickly becomes apparent that leaving Egypt is not going to be easy. As is often the case with our frustrations and troubles, this delay and difficulty will be an opportunity for God to do something that would have otherwise been impossible. What was God able to do because of the stubbornness of Pharaoh (See 6:1, 7:3-5, 8:22, looking ahead – 10:1,2)?

More on Pharaoh’s stubbornness tomorrow.



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5 Responses to January 23, 2013

  1. Hayden

    This was in bible class a couple weeks ago.

  2. Darlene

    God uses Pharaoh’s hard heart to demonstrate his power “that you may know that I am the Lord.” In chapter 9, verses 15 & 16, God (through Moses) tells Pharaoh that he could send a plague that would wipe the Egyptians off the face of the earth. “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”

  3. Looking forward to Exodus 10:1-2 God declares His harsh dealings against the Egyptians will be the remembrances for the nation of Israel to tell their children.

  4. Polly

    The magicians and their “secret arts” are interesting. Any comments on how their staffs became a snakes or how they produced frogs to come up on the land? I mean did they just have them in a sack and let them loose or something or did God allow them to be able to do that? haha! I also wondered why if Pharaoh really believed in the magicians, he didn’t ask them to get rid of the plagues. But God is making his power evident to Pharaoh. The magicians tell him this is the finger of God.
    Also, my other daily reading was Matthew 5:11-12 and sort of coincides with this reading. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Moses and the Israelites were dealing this and so it sure is nothing new.

  5. The use God makes of this (an opportunity to show his power to all nations, especially Egypt and the children of Israel) reminds me of Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God” —- all things – whatever happens, God is powerful enough to use it to His glory. When we experience set backs we should not give up but let God use us to bring glory to Him.

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