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Exodus 10:1-12:13

Some quick thoughts on today’s Old Testament reading.

And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was exceedingly great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants and of the people.
(Exodus 11:3 AMP)

Leadership can get you in trouble by the choices they make. Moses had favor in Egypt with the Egyptians but not the Pharaoh. Can the words in the above verse be made in your corporate organization, country, city, town, village, church and household about the effect and affect you are having on those submitted to you? Just change the name Moses, Egypt and Egyptians and then fill in the blanks. Those of us on this site who are in leadership positions should stop and ask themselves the question: How am I leading? What am I leading the people under me into? Am I being stubborn refusing to lead by way of the Master causing destruction and suffering by my decisions, or am I closely listening to the voice of God and truly serving my customers, citizens, and employees? Is there a Moses in your organization proclaiming warnings that the people respect but you are ignoring? Just something to think about. Hard hearts are not a phenomenon to Ancient Egypt.

And you shall eat it thus: [as fully prepared for a journey] your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment [proving their helplessness]. I am the Lord.
(Exodus 12:11-12 AMP)

Hearing the voice of God and obeying immediately. Being prepared to escape from our captivity should be something we must always strive to maintain. There was a window of opportunity that was getting ready to open up and Israel had to be ready. I have known that voice of immediacy, sometimes followed it, and sometimes I didn’t. For the times I did not heed, I really do not know where that path to freedom would have led me. The text doesn’t say if any were left behind, but what left out of Egypt, as we will read, was a “mixed multitude (12:38).” Not only did those who the message was directed to taste that freedom, but the people who observed those given the message, those in the “mix” got in on the deal. So not only are we to listen to that “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12), but if we fail to do so we need to keep an eye out for those who do.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

P.S. Could it be that getting into the Word, "Seeking First The Kingdom ..." is the key to staying in Balance? Hmmm

Exodus

Plagues

Just want to encourage everyone to go to link below, and scroll down to footnotes. there is a chart there outlining the plagues and the Egyptian Gods that were being mocked as powerless and judged.

http://bible.org/page.php?page_id=138

Link lists the first nine plagues and the Egyptian gods they were mocking.

"Finally, the 10th plague, of death of the firstborn, was an attack on the divinity of Pharaoh, whom the Egyptians believed was an incarnation of the sun-god and of Osiris, the giver of life. It was the Pharaoh’s task to retain the favour of the gods and to uphold the laws of Ma‘at, goddess of order. However, he was powerless to prevent the death of his own son, the next-in-line ‘divine ruler’, or that of anyone else’s son in the land of Egypt.4 Thus, Yahweh alone had absolute control of life and death."

http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v27/i1/plagues.asp

Exodus 10-11

Hardening Pharaoh's Heart

Locusts and Darkness - In all cases here it is clear the Lord made Pharoah's heart unresponsive or grew it hard. Pharaoh had gone from trying to con the Lord with promises and then lies - to attempting to negotiate with the God through Moses. Do any of us really have anything to negotiate with when we are up against the Creator of the Universe. If you reject Christ and plan on talking your way into heaven - just what exactly can you bring to the table when negotiating with God about entrance?

Nothing. We have nothing to negotiate with and neither did Pharaoh. Pharaoh had rejected God, tried to play God with his repentance and lies, thought he was exalted over Israel's God, and now wanted to negotiate with God?

Pharaoh's cup of sin had just gotten full. Now there is no turning back. I believe that there was always the possibility that if Pharoah had submitted and acknowledged God through the first seven plaqgues that things might have played out differently. Pharaoh like satan thinks he can play this game against the God of Israel and win. But Pharaoh like satan had an unresponsive heart that God chose not to soften and events went their natural course.

In these plagues the cup of Pharaoh's sin was full and God hardened Pharaoh's heart so that there would be no changing of the mind. Pharaoh had crossed the proverbial line.

Pharaoh is symbolic of satan, but I often wonder if he is also a picture of an unrepentant sinner. 'Oh I've seen your works, I know who you are, not today and not tomorrow no matter how much you draw me to you, but perhaps on my deathbed I will give in and submit to you.' No one plays a con game on God and decides when they will submit for a ticket to heaven. An unrepentant sinner will allow his heart to grow hard and will be unresponsive to God's calling - and on his deathbed????? Perhaps God will not allow him to submit, perhaps God hardens the person's heart so that they are incapable of accepting Christ. Just a thought and one I am not married to at this time. It is just the idea of crossing the line with God after being offered numerous opportunities to repent. Does one really want to take the chance that they can get a last minute reprieve from God after rejecting Him their whole life??????

Exodus 12

In the Gospels during the crucifixion week I will be making comparisons with Christ's last week and the Passover. The Passover points to Christ and God followed the formula he laid out in Egypt to the tee in Jerusalem regarding the sacrifice of our Lord.

You might want to go through this Exodus chapter and underline or make notes on things that charactize and are part of the Passover. It will be useful later.
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Blood on the door

Did God need to see the Blood on the door to pass over the Hebrew households with death of first born children and animals? Coul not God just know who had partaken of the Passover meal?

No God did not need to see it, and yes He would know what was going on inside the household. So why put blood on the door?????

Well it does symbolize the covering of innocent blood that is reqquired for redemption (entrance to heaven - door synbol).

But also it shows that there must be an act of submission and obediance to attain redemption (both in Egypt and accepting Christ). It was against the law of Egypt to worship foreign gods in the town proper. That is why Moses asked to go out in the country three days travel. It was OK to do it outside the city, but inside the city was a no-no. The blood on the doors would be an affront to the Egyptians and if God did not keep His Word there would be big time penalties to pay. God just told the Hebrew people - 'Trust me and do it'. They submitted and obeyed, and we know they were redeemed. Should we be any different when we come to God seeking salvation through Christ?
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Small point

Ex 10:28-29
Some people get hung up on "See my face again" statements. First, Moses did not leave Pharaoh's presence in this echange until Ex 11:8. Second, Moses had had free access to Pharaoh, and Pharaoh is saying this free access is done - no more.

Moses did see Pharaoh once more, but it was when Pharaoh called Moses to the court (Ex 12:31). Not because Moses was seeking Pharaoh's face (a meeting).

Matthew 20

Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

It does not matter when you come to Christ - as a young child or on your deathbed. The pay is the same - Salvation.

Is anyone better than another in Heaven? Nope. Some will have different responsibilities and/or jobs. However, it is nothing we do to earn those things - God has assigned us to do works as believers before time began. It is His sovereign choice about what works (the ones that count are His) people will do and what their future in heaven will be, and just being in heaven is by His grace - it is nothing we deserve.

As entities we will all be the same (it is a tie as Arielle said) - all are saved, and all are perfected into the image of Christ. Perfect by definition means the highest point anyone can reach - therefore none can be more perfect than another.

Matthew 20

A Mother's Request

26Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you....

It is not wrong to want to be great in heaven, IT IS wrong to want greatness for the wrong reasons.

Jesus' aunt wanted greatness for her two sons (Jesus' cousins) for the wrong reason. It was for her sons' glory.

Christ says - if you want to be great here is the standard: Humble, self-sacrificing service to God.

Who is the greatest man in heaven - Christ. He gave up the most - His Glory in heaven with the Father, came to earth as a man, submitted His Will to the Father, Did nothing that was not in the Father's Will, said nothing but the Words of the Father, and did no miracle that was not from the Father by the Holy Spirit in Christ. Christ came, submitted, served humbly, died and was glorified.

That is the standard. We are to do the same. It will be imperfect, but that is the path to greatness. It starts with submission to the Father not just at Salvation, but in our daily walk....

If we do that, then God will present the path for us to walk on and hold on to by our submissive faith. Those will be the works he prepared for us before time began, and will determine our rewards in heaven

Matthew 20

Jesus Again Predicts His Death

Found a neat list that I am posting and providing a link.

"The whole sweep of the Old Testament, in its types, symbols, and pictures, demands that the Messiah die for the sins of the world.

There are many passages in the Old Testament that predict all the factors of the Messiah's life.

a) Zechariah 9:9 says He would enter into Jerusalem.

b) Psalm 2:1-3 says He would know the fury and rage of His enemies.

c) Zechariah 13:7 says He would be deserted by His friends.

d) Zechariah 11:12 says He would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver.

e) Psalm 22:14-17 says He would be crucified.

f) Psalm 34:20 says none of His bones would be broken (cf. Ex. 12:46).

g) Psalm 22:18 says His garments would be parted by the casting of lots.

h) Psalm 69:21 says He would be given vinegar to drink.

i) Psalm 22:1 says He would cry out in pain of distress.

j) Zechariah 12:10 says they would pierce Him with a spear.

k) Psalm 16:10 says that He would rise from the dead.

l) Psalm 110:1 says that He would ascend into heaven.

All those prediction were part of the Old Testament prophecies. A detailed description of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ can be seen in Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, and Zechariah 12. So as He went to Jerusalem, Jesus remained on schedule with no deviation."

Exodus 12
The Passover

The foreshadowing of Christ is everywhere in the Old Testament. Perhaps nowhere more prominent and obvious than in the description of the first Passover in Exodus 12.
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Passover and Foreshadowing of Christ: Exodus12:1-12

Hebrews were given a new calender. This month, when the sacrifice of Passover is done, is to be the first month of your (Hebrew) year. It is your beginning in me.

Lamb must be year old male - mature - Christ was 33 and in prime of life at the cross.

Without defect - Christ was spotless, blameless, perfect.

Bring them inside until the sacrifice - Christ was in the temple and in prison until the cross.

Slaughter them at twilight - Christ expired at 3:00 pm - the Jewish day ends at 6:00 pm - 3;00 pm is twilight.

The meat must be eaten and any leftovers burned in fire. It must be totally consumed. Christ was totally consumed on the cross. He gave everything for us.

Eat bread without yeast - leaven symbolizes sin. Christ was the bread of life that was spotless.

Bitter herbs are eaten - not because of the Hebrews bitter times in Egypt, but because of the anguish experianced by Christ and the Father, and the harshness of the execution.

Why blood on the door? An angel can see inside, he would know who had sacrificed and eaten the Passover meal. So why an external symbol?

Doors in ancient times represented security. Jesus is the door - the secure entranceway to God. This sacrifice would be an abomination to the Egyptians (Exodus 8) done under their very noses. God is saying it is time to make a choice. Do you choose God or do you choose Egypt (symbol of the World)? I want you to advertise whose side are you on - will you submit and show yourselves marked by the blood of the Lamb.

Will you humble yourselves and admit that you cannot save yourself, will you acknowledge me and my plan, will you believe in me, will you accept the covering of blood that the lamb provides you and yours.

If so, then I will take you to the Promised Land (heaven), and I will guide eyour steps on the way, and I will never foresake you.

It was true then and it is true now.

Psalm 25
[A heart like David - characteristics of David's heart are utlined in first 15 verses. You want to do better in your Christian walk, pray this psalm and to have a heart like David - that is a prayer God will answer as it is in His Will.]

A plea for Forgiveness and Deliverance

David had a heart for God. Yes, David sinned and was flawed, but no one seems to repent and come back to God as strongly as David. This Psalm is David's plea, but it is also instruction on how we (as Christians) are to go to God when we are in distress and are in sin. David has it right on the mark, and he professes it with great love and a heart for God.
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Verse 1-3
Is about David's trust in God.

You cannot lift up your soul to God, if your back is to God. If you are turned to God, or have returned to God - you can lift yourself and give yourself to God.

If you trust in, rely on, and depend on the Lord you will never be put to shame. Lots of bad things (persecution, ridicule) can happen here on earth, but ultimately we will be with God in heaven.
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Verse 4-7
An attitude of surrender

This life is not about us. It is not about what we want to do, or how we want to do things. David , and we as Christians, surrenders and says - show me your ways - guide me and teach me. I give - let me do it your way.

David pleas:
Psalm 25:7
Remember not the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you are good, O LORD.

I like the KJV translation in this context as "according to your mercy..". Don't see us as we are, but see us through the eyes of mercy (for Christians see us as covered by the blood of Christ.) when God sees us in this manner, then we are acceptable to be in His presence at death.
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Verses 8-11
An attitude of Humility

Literal translation of "Good and upright" is "Merciful and just". At the cross God's mercy was extended and when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior - God can with a sense of being "just" embrace us as children and teach us as a Father His ways.

"He guides the humble..." Remember what Jesus has been saying in Matthew readings. It is the ones with a humble atitude - they are the ones that are in the kingdom of heaven. When we have humbled ourselves and accepted God's plan and Christ - then God begins teaching and guiding us.

All the ways of the Lord are faithful and loving for those who keep the demands of the covenant. The over-riding demand of the "new" covenant is simple: Just believe and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Do all this Lord and forgive my sin - not because I have done anything to earn your forgiveness, but do it for your name's sake - for your Glory.
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Verse 12-15
An attitude of fear (in Hebrew - awe/reverance)

"The LORD confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them."

When you revere and are in awe of God - you acknowledge who He is and what He does for us. Then you can turn to Him, trust Him, and depend on Him for your life. Not just for salvation, but for giving you life now and in abundance through walking the righteous path. We do not get eternal life at death - it starts now when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Why did GOD harden Pharoah's heart against the Hebrews?

work and play in the Lord, for six days and then on the sabbath, rest and worship IN THE LORD.

Whenever i work hard, i really want to rest hard also..the Lord is really teaching me to balance everything in my life. :)
what i like in today's passage also is that the Lord can harden the heart of the pharaoh so that His glory will be revealed, at first i don't understand..why is God trying to control, where is what we call "freewill"? later did i realized that the Lord is indeed in control.:) He is Sovereign and in this way, i am reassured that God can do everything. He can fulfill His plans and purpose in our lives for His greater Glory. isn't that a great comfort for us..though some of us are called to sacrifice for the Lord, we can be martyrs for Jesus and not have all the riches and power in this world but we are assured that He knows what He is doing and what's important is not the lives we have but His glory tobe revealed always. May the Lord bless us as we journey with Him, as we acknowledge that the devil is present but OUR God is greater than the devil,evil or any temptaions. Simply because HE IS GOD! Godbless.:)

Raeann,
"Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt."

I think Pharaoh's heart was hardened so that the power and might of the Lord could be displayed in an undeniable way. The Egyptians would HAVE to acknowledge God as God after all this. And not just the Egyptians, the Hebrews needed to know His power. They had been there for 400 years. Their founding fathers had been Joseph and family who had died a long time ago. I am guessing their faith had waned just as we witness the faith in America waning --- after only 200+ years of establishment as a Christian nation. The people needed the works to see God's power so they would re-develop the fear of the Almighty.

And all this so God could show them His mercy and grace and goodness. So the hardening of Pharaoh's heart was really mercy... for them and for us. His ways are not our ways... but He is good!

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