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Aug.17 Exodus Study

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Exodus

9:13-10:29

Who Is Like the Lord? part a”

Outline:

I.) Intro.

II.) Vs. 9:13-17 A warning of grace

III.) Vs. 18-26 He who feared the Word of the Lord

IV.) Vs. 27-35 I’ve sinned this time

Intro.

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The last set of three plagues God shows the futility of having your own way. First, with the hail you see that pride brings upon your life nothing but destruction. Everything is effected by pride and the worst type of pride is the kind that refuses to make changes even when faced with ruin. Whatever is not destroyed by our resistance to Gods grace, will be eventually ate up. And all that will be left in our lives is complete darkness. In this section that God had a twofold purpose in bringing these blows against Egypt.

  1. First, according to verse 9:14 “that they may know that there is none like Me in all the earth.” God wanted Pharaoh to realize that only He is sovereign, both in mercy as well as judgment. These plagues are designed to show the world that God alone is in control and that trusting in any other god is foolishness. According to Josh. 2:9-11, some forty year’s latter Rahab testifies before the spies of the effect that this had upon those living in Jericho. She says; “I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.”

  2. Second, according to 10:2 God wanted this to be a constant reminder to His people that He was who He claimed to be and was worthy of their trust. His work in redeeming them was to be told and retold to every generation. Sixty-two times in the Bible Gods says to Israel that He has redeemed that “out of Egypt.” God wants us to know Him as a redeemer and this action here in Egypt is clearly one of the ways in which He showed Himself that way.

II.) Vs. 9:13-17 A warning of grace

Vs. 13-14 At the start of the last series of plagues God calls Moses to again get up early to warn Pharaoh. This is the longest warning yet in all of the plagues and the reason for it is found in verse 14, “for I will send all my plagues to your very heart.” God desires to woo you to Himself and adverse circumstances are not His first option. Jesus said in Matthew 9:13 “I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” I’ve caught myself in the midst of some trial wondering why God did not just talk to me instead of bringing me to my knees, only to have Him reveal to me that He had been talking to me only I was not listening.

An appeal is made in verse 13 to let Gods people go that they may serve Him. God says three times in these verses that He is over all the Earth, (14-16) and the Egyptians worship, the earth. They worshiped the creation instead of the creator. God tells them that in all the earth which they worshiped there is none like Him. Further more if they persist they will be cut off from the earth. Finally, He tells them that the very fact that Pharaoh has been allowed to be ruler was to show God’s power over all the earth. That would happen in one of two ways: First it would happen if Pharaoh would simply repent and acknowledge Him as the One, true God. Or it would happen as God defeated his gods. Every knee is going to bow before Him it is only a matter of what you are going to be doing while your knee is bowed!

Vs. 15-17 God reveals to Pharaoh as well as us the why He does what He does. Now in all of these God is showing that He alone is sovereign.

  1. MERCY: First in verse 15 He says, “Hey if I wanted to just judge you for being wicked I would have just wiped you out.” By the Word of His mouth those plagues would have been more sever and that would have been the end of it. Perhaps you have had a few of those times in your life that you recognized that Gods sovereign hand of mercy saved you. But how about those countless other times where you were totally unaware that God’s mercy saved you? Those were times when God was demonstrating His mercy towards you. God says to Pharaoh; “Man it’s My mercy that you are still breathing and I’ve done that to give you a chance to come to know Me.”

  2. GRACE: Second, He tells them that He has blessed him so that His power might be seen through him. “Hey, with out Me you would not be Pharaoh.” Paul quotes this very verse as an explanation of His grace to the nation of Israel. He says in 9:16 “So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.” God’s blessings are not on merit they are on grace. Stop to think about it for a moment, here in Exodus God is blessing a bunch of idolatrous people headed by a murder who was full of himself. While at the same time He is judging a bunch of idolatrous people who is headed by a murder who is full of himself. The difference is that the first group is recognizing the fact that it is by Gods grace.

  3. GLORY: His mercy and grace have been granted to us in order that the world may recognize that it is not because of us it is in spite of us. So that they may praise God and want to come into a relationship with Him. God even uses Pharaoh’s resistance to Him as a way of revealing who He is to the world. God warns Pharaoh and says, “I’ve shown you mercy, I’ve revealed my grace and still you exalt your self.” I think the worst kind of deception is self-deception.

III.) Vs. 18-26 He who feared the Word of the Lord

Vs. 18-21 The average rainfall upon Egypt a year is less then one inch. They did not depend upon rain to water the crops, they depended upon the water in the Nile. What we know about this plague against Egypt is that it was unique in all their history. Can you imagine how rare this was to the Egyptians?

Vs. 19-21 God gives them a chance to respond to the Word of God by recommending that the Egyptians as well as the Israelites gather in their livestock and harvest. Here in the 19th verse God makes it known that if they do not gather all and bring it home it will be destroyed. To not head the word of God in your lives is to invite destruction. The benefits to obeying the Word of God saved the livestock of the Egyptians as well as the Israelites; the Bible works. Here in verses 20 and 21 we see that people made a choice to obey the Word or not.

Vs. 22-26 We can see that the destruction of the land of Egypt to those who refused to obey the Word of the Lord was great. The Egyptians worshiped the sky god Nut. It is my opinion that you were a nut if you worshiped Nut! Only the land of Goshen was not touched. Those that heeded the Word of God were no doubt rejoicing and those that had not were weeping. We are pretty sure that this plague came in late February because verse 31 and 32 to tells us what crops were destroyed by the hail. Which means that this was about one month before the 10th plague in which Passover took place. Now we are not sure how long it took for all the plagues to happen but it was most likely all with in a year’s time. When you put that into perspective it was a bad year for the Egyptians. No doubt this played a part upon their response of obedience as well as their rebuke of Pharaoh in chapter 10 verse 7.

IV.) Vs. 27-35 I’ve sinned this time

Vs. 27 The first thing that strikes me is the words, “this time”. Pharaoh was only considering this past wrong doing as sin. Sorry does mean that you are sorry you got caught, nor does it mean that you don’t like what your rebellion has brought upon you. No, it means that you have turned from your sin and you are now desiring the Lord to change your heart.

Vs. 28 This shows that Pharaoh has come to realize that God is powerful they have identified that but they are not willing to submit their live to Him. People will come to you and ask you to pray for them but they will not submit their lives to the God that has all the power. “Oh I believe the Bible”, but when it comes to really surrendering their lives and practicing obedience no way. What lacks in Pharaoh is that he knows nothing of the goodness of the Lord, he is treating the Lord as if He is electricity.

Vs. 29-30 Moses knows that Pharaoh is just responding to the situation and not in true repentance to the Lord, yet God still bestows His grace and mercy towards him. Let me just say that God knows what true repentance is and what it is not. All Pharaoh was after was relief form the effects of his rebellion. He still wants to be in control and anything that will allow him to get back into control he will do even if it is admitting he was wrong.

There is a pattern here when Pharaoh saw that his little world of control was slipping away. First he tried just to ignore it. Then he tried to manipulate the situation. Then he tried false repentance. Then he tried to make deals with God. After that he learned to say the right things with out truly meaning them. Lastly he just threatens and gets angry. Let’s not just be grieved by the consequences of our sin but truly be grieved as David was at the sin it’s self.

 

 

 

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