One of the many themes of the 9th chapter of Exodus that fascinates me is both the ways of how God warns Pharaoh and the Egyptians of the consequences of their rebellion, as He does so both by grace and by judgment. In the 20th and 21st verses of chapter 9 we are told that of the two reactions as some “feared the word of the Lord” and some did not “regard the word of the Lord”. The in verses 23-25 we are told the severity of destruction upon the land of Egypt, specifically those who had not regarded the “word of the Lord”. What follows is the repentance of Pharaoh and as we look at this all together we learn two very important truths with regards to true biblical repentance:
- True repentance recognizes the benefit of obedience before the event not after. Those who feared the word of the Lord obeyed the word of the Lord and saw that the benefits of obedience far out weighed the fruit of disobedience. God had shown Himself as a God who would keep His Word, if He said that hail was going to come down it was a coming. There are those people who wait until it starts falling before they act. Verse 25 says that the hail came upon man and beast but I wonder how many men were destroyed as they tried to save beast? I’m always amazed at those people who when offered a chance to respond to God’s grace choose rather to wait until they sow some more sin thinking that they will have a further opportunity to get right with God. There are many carcass’ in the fields of procrastination!
- Second, any confession that does not lead to obedience is not sincere. In Pharaoh’s confession of verse 27 we see his continued response of verse 35 it is obvious that he was not sincere. It is again startling how many folks; in jail have some sort of religious confession only to renege upon it after they are released. This week we will conclude the plagues or blows against Egypt and again see how Pharaoh reacts to these opportunities to get right with God.
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!