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Exodus 8:1-9:35

Irrational, Illogical and Unreasonable, that is the mental state of the latter Pharaoh. That is the state of someone’ mind who is in sin, in this case, deep in sin. According to the writer of Proverbs, he is a fool because a fool cannot be reasoned with or even see reason (Prov. 12:15;17:10,16;26:12).

The first time we see these three character flaws in the Pharaohs is when the order goes out to have all the male infants killed. From a business and economic point of view that is a stupid move. Egypt’s economy was based on slave labor thus the death of all the males would over time deplete your work force. Now we see the current Pharaoh, or it’s the same ole’ Pharaoh, but now he is an older fool, actually increasing his own people’s misery, the people he is suppose to be protecting. I don’t know but I hope if I had had an up close and personal relationship with a bunch of frogs, I trust that I would begin thinking about the power, or precisely the lack of power my gods, were showing and rethink my belief systems. And if asked for a timetable to get rid of said frogs, I wouldn’t say tomorrow, I would say, “Right Now! Thank you very much.”

Now regarding God hardening Pharaoh’s heart bear with me as I use an illustration. In Biblical Text, both Old and New, soil and or the ground has been used as simile for the heart of man. We find this in the Parable of the Sower (Matt 13:3-9,19) and in the Prophets Jeremiah (4:3) and Hosea’s (10:12) writings. God can either harden your heart, like Pharaoh, or soften your heart, like the Apostel Paul, based on the condition of the soil and the environment you allow yourself to live in.

Two people can have a garden separated only by a fence. One person constantly “works” the soil and keeps it watered, the other does not. Seeds are sown in both patches of land. When the sun (Son) comes up and it is in the heat of the day, the seeds sown on the soil that is worked will produce a crop of what has been planted, but that same sun (Son) will cause the unworked unprepared ground to harden further giving the birds a firm table to eat from.

Grace and peace,

Hi Ramona!
There is so much right about what you say!
But I have to say that I'm not the one who had anything to do with the condition of my soil or the environment I allowed myself to live in.
I made every mistake in those categories, but The Lord chose to soften and enrich my soil anyway!
All credit &glory goes to Him!

I like the idea of giving (tithing) 10% and saving 10%. But I don't think I can achieve that. The problem is what our government takes from us (25% Federal income tax + Soc Sec tax + State tax +...). Jesus said to "render unto Caesar...", but with all the taxes demanded by Caesar, it seems there is nary enough left over for us to live on.

I totally agree with Chapter 6 in Proverbs today. I have helped others before, (not cosign-mind you) and been in debt too. It is not fun and the stress of you having to pay back let alone be responsible in the event of someone else not paying up is too much to think about. Let us not resolve to be that naive, unless you just have unlimited funds that you can afford to lose for foolish gain or waste! I was reading back some in yesterdays Proverbs readings on 5:18-19 and it made me laugh a bit but not really, I have an NIV Quest Study Bible and it gives q/a on the side of my chapters and one question was: Why didn't Sollomon follow his own advice? ("May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer--may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love." v18-19. It stated that, maybe Perhaps Solomon learned some of his lessons the hard way. With 700 wives and 300 concubines, he knew firsthand the complications of entangled relationships. This may be an example of Solomon's wisdom surpassing his practices. Wow is all I can say and how do you determine who to marry and who to have as concubine, is it by age, status or birthright? (Israelite, gentile, canaanite, etc..) why would you want that many women and why on any piece of earth would you want one man to share with 999 other women! eewwhh!!

If God visited all those plagues on Egypt for defying His will what is He going to do to the USA as we turn further and further away from Him, I shudder to think of it.

I was wondering why pharaoh's magicians could not just make the frogs go away.They copied Moses and made more frogs in the presence of Pharaoh to attempt to show that the production of the frogs was no big deal. so if they feel they have the same or equal amounts of power as Moses had just wave your hand and frogs be gone.secondly wave your hand and water be clear and drinkable.

Crown Financial Ministries: http://www.crown.org is an excellent resource. Their mission statement is "We equip servant leaders to live by God’s design for their finances, work and life ... to advance transformation."

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