Scripture: Exodus 7-12. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
God told Moses and Aaron to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. Pharaoh would not listen. Aaron threw down his staff, and it became a snake; but Pharaoh’s wise men and sorcerers also threw down their staffs, and they also became snakes. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and God had many plagues go through the land of Egypt, including the plague of blood, frogs, gnats, flies, plague upon livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and finally the plague on every firstborn son in Egypt. Pharaoh would tell Moses to pray for some of the plagues to go away, and he then would let the Israelites go. Each time Moses would pray and God would take the plague away, Pharaoh would change his mind and not let the people go. The Lord told the Israelites to take a lamb for their families, one per household, and sacrifice the lamb. They were to put blood on the door frames of their houses. Anyone who had obeyed God would be safe as He went through the land to strike down the Egyptians. Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go after the great calamity of losing his firstborn son, and God’s people traveled from Ramese to Succoth, around 600,000 men, besides the women and children.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God performed a miracle by turning Aaron’s staff into a snake. Pharaoh’s magicians did the same thing through trickery or sorcery. Miracles can help us believe, but we cannot rely on them alone. Pharaoh focused on the miracle rather than the message. We can stray away from being like Pharaoh by letting God’s Word be the basis of our faith. After repeated warnings, Pharaoh’s heart was still hardened, and he still refused to obey God’s commands. His disobedience not only brought suffering upon himself, but also his entire country. This kind of stubbornness toward God will lead to rebellion, which then leads to grief that will not only affect yourself but also those around you. Pharaoh wanted a compromise, which would only lead to half-obedience to God. We must always fully obey God’s commands. Even though Moses and Aaron may have been discouraged with what was going on around them, they still never gave up because they knew what the right thing to do was. Persistence is key. Never give up when you know what the right thing to do is. It took Pharaoh the loss of his son to force him to recognize God’s authority. We must open our hearts and minds to His direction now and not wait for great calamities to drive us to God.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, please help us to always be obedient and to fully obey your commands. Please guide us in the right direction in life; we know that You are there with us always. Help us to never give up, persisting when we need to, especially when we know the right from the wrong. We encounter many circumstances in life where we do need to stand up for what is right. Please give us the courage and strength when we need it most. Help us to open our hearts and minds to Your direction right now. Please forgive us, and help us to forgive others. We love You and thank You. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.