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October 19, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: Mark 10-11
Audio: Mark 10-11

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Memory Verse of the Week

All the people of Israel did just as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron.”
(Exodus 12:50 ESV)

Exodus 10 (ESV)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them,and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord.”

So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country, and they shall cover the face of the land, so that no one can see the land. And they shall eat what is left to you after the hail, and they shall eat every tree of yours that grows in the field,and they shall fill your houses and the houses of all your servants and of all the Egyptians, as neither your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen, from the day they came on earth to this day.’” Then he turned and went out from Pharaoh.

Then Pharaoh’s servants said to him, “How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God. Do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?” So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. And he said to them, “Go, serve the Lord your God. But which ones are to go?” Moses said, “We will go with our young and our old. We will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds, for we must hold a feast to the Lord.” 10 But he said to them, “The Lord be with you, if ever I let you and your little ones go! Look, you have some evil purpose in mind. 11 No! Go, the men among you, and serve the Lord, for that is what you are asking.” And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence.

12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, so that they may come upon the land of Egypt and eat every plant in the land, all that the hail has left.” 13 So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind had brought the locusts. 14 The locusts came up over all the land of Egypt and settled on the whole country of Egypt, such a dense swarm of locusts as had never been before, nor ever will be again. 15 They covered the face of the whole land, so that the land was darkened, and they ate all the plants in the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Not a green thing remained, neither tree nor plant of the field, through all the land of Egypt.16 Then Pharaoh hastily called Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you. 17 Now therefore, forgive my sin, please, only this once, and plead with the Lord your God only to remove this death from me.”18 So he went out from Pharaoh and pleaded with the Lord. 19 And the Lord turned the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt. 20 But the Lordhardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go.

21 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was pitch darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. 23 They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the people of Israel had light where they lived. 24 Then Pharaoh called Moses and said, “Go, serve the Lord; your little ones also may go with you; only let your flocks and your herds remain behind.” 25 But Moses said, “You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. 26 Our livestock also must go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind, for we must take of them to serve the Lord our God, and we do not know with what we must serve the Lord until we arrive there.” 27 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go. 28 Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get away from me; take care never to see my face again, for on the day you see my face you shall die.” 29 Moses said, “As you say! I will not see your face again.”

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  1. Then Pharaoh's servants said to him, “How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God. Do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?” Exodus 10:7

    From Abundance to Ruin

    You might remember back in Genesis 41, under Joseph's leadership, Egypt was able to prepare for the seven years of famine during the seven years of plenty that occurred in Egypt. People were suffering and "when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth" (Genesis 41:56-57). 

    In Genesis 45, Joseph said to his brothers, "Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors" (Genesis 45:4-7). 

    All of Joseph's family went to Egypt so they would survive during the final five years of the famine. Fast-forward to Exodus 10 and all of Egypt is demolished from the plagues – except where the people of Israel lived!

    At the beginning of today's chapter the Lord told Moses why all this was happening. He said, "Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them, 2 and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord" (Exodus 10:1-2). 

    So God's reason for hardening Pharaoh's heart and showing these signs to the Egyptians was so Moses would tell future generations:

    1. How God dealt harshly with the Egyptians
    2. What signs He did among them
    3. So they may know that He is the Lord

    Oh how far we've fallen! In the majority of churches today (even those who teach from the Bible), this message is all but lost. When it is preached, it's often explained away as the way God "used to be" and is "not like this" anymore.

    The character of God does not change. God character is not compartmentalized into two "Testaments" nor is His character at odds with itself. Even though there are differences between the old covenant and the new, God is unchanging and remains the same. 

    For instance, God is love even when He pours out His wrath because God is also just. God does not cease to love because of his wrath or become unmerciful because of His justice. That is why it's so important we never humanize God or project our humanity on Him – including when we interpret Scripture.

    God is nothing like us. He is holy, we are not. He is God, we are not!

    God will still deal harshly with those who harden their hearts towards Him. At the same time, just as all of Egypt was in darkness (Exodus 10:21) while God's people were in the light (Exodus 10:23), God's people are in the Light of Christ now and will be protected from the wrath of God in the coming judgment. No famine or plague can touch us if we are in the safety of Christ. 

    But God's wrath will be poured out on those who do not repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. Even if they do not recognize He is the Lord now, He still is.

    Does reading the Old Testament give you a greater understanding of who God is?

    If so, how does this "greater understanding" impact your life (and faith)?

  2. The Old Testament definitely gives me a greater understanding of who God is. I remind myself often that God doesn't fool around! He's told me what he expects of me, and that's that. 

    I pray everyday that He will be a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path, and I pray that He gives me strength and endurance to run the race. 

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