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October 17, 2018

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Text: Mark 6-7
Audio: Mark 6-7

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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 8 (ESV)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with frogs. The Nile shall swarm with frogs that shall come up into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and your kneading bowls. The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your servants.”’”  And the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the canals and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt!’” So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt.But the magicians did the same by their secret arts and made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.

Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, “Plead with the Lord to take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.” Moses said to Pharaoh, “Be pleased to command me when I am to plead for you and for your servants and for your people, that the frogs be cut off from you and your houses and be left only in the Nile.” 10 And he said, “Tomorrow.” Moses said, “Be it as you say, so that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God. 11 The frogs shall go away from you and your houses and your servants and your people. They shall be left only in the Nile.”12 So Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the Lord about the frogs, as he had agreed with Pharaoh. 13 And the Lord did according to the word of Moses. The frogs died out in the houses, the courtyards, and the fields.14 And they gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank. 15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.

16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, so that it may become gnats in all the land of Egypt.’” 17 And they did so. Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff and struck the dust of the earth, and there were gnats on man and beast. All the dust of the earth became gnats in all the land of Egypt. 18 The magicians tried by their secret arts to produce gnats, but they could not. So there were gnats on man and beast. 19 Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.

20 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh, as he goes out to the water, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. 21 Or else, if you will not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and your servants and your people, and into your houses. And the houses of the Egyptians shall be filled with swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they stand. 22 But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people dwell, so that no swarms of flies shall be there, that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth. 23 Thus I will put a division between my people and your people. Tomorrow this sign shall happen.”’” 24 And the Lord did so. There came great swarms of flies into the house of Pharaoh and into his servants’ houses. Throughout all the land of Egypt the land was ruined by the swarms of flies.

25 Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God within the land.” 26 But Moses said, “It would not be right to do so, for the offerings we shall sacrifice to the Lord our God are an abomination to the Egyptians. If we sacrifice offerings abominable to the Egyptians before their eyes, will they not stone us? 27 We must go three days’ journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the Lord our God as he tells us.” 28 So Pharaoh said, “I will let you go to sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only you must not go very far away. Plead for me.” 29 Then Moses said, “Behold, I am going out from you and I will plead with the Lord that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, tomorrow. Only let not Pharaoh cheat again by not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.” 30 So Moses went out from Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord. 31 And the Lord did as Moses asked, and removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; not one remained. 32 But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also, and did not let the people go.

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  1. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. Exodus 8:1

    Thus Says the Lord

    The first record of God speaking is Genesis 1:3, "And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light." The words "God said" appears ten times in Genesis 1. God literally spoke matter into existence. His words are clearly powerful. 

    In Genesis 2:16-17, the Lord God commanded Adam saying, "You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." Notice the text doesn't say, "And God said to Adam." It says "the Lord God commanded the man." These words express even more power. 

    In Genesis 3, the serpent, in his quest to deceive Eve asked her, "Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” He knew what God said to Adam but put doubt in Eve's mind and she ate of the tree that God commanded the man not to eat from.

    The term "Thus says the Lord" is used 415 times in the ESV Old Testament. Ten times it is used in Exodus. To Pharaoh, it didn't matter what the Lord said. He was a king and didn't take orders from anyone. What Pharaoh said was more important than anything God said. After all, being king comes with that right. Right? Well, Pharaoh will find out soon enough that the sovereign King of Kings is the Lord whether or not he believes in God or not, and no matter how much earthly "power" he thinks he has.

    Isn't it like that today? People reject God's Word because they are "kings" of their lives. Even though God has revealed Himself in His Word (and in creation), they care very little what He said. Like the serpent they ask themselves, "Did God really say?"

    If that wasn't bad enough, there are a growing number of false teachers who reject the clear teaching of Scripture and are leading people astray just as the serpent did in the Garden.

    People don't like to be told what to do and Pharaoh was as stubborn and dishonest as they come. Unlike God's words, Pharaoh's words meant nothing as he continually went back on them. 

    Do you view the Bible as the Word of God?

    Does what God has said in His Word have authority in your life?

    When we read “Thus says the Lord”, do we take it seriously?

    How has God’s Word impacted your life?

  2. I can identify with the stubbornness of Pharaoh – I was the king of my life for a very long time, and I as well did not like being told what to do. 

    When I truly "got it", what it means to be a Christian, to obey God's word, and to truly have Jesus in my heart, I wanted to follow. I no longer saw obeying as a chore (even though it can still be difficult), and I wanted to really show others the love of Jesus through servitude and obedience. 

    There will always be struggles, but I know that the Bible is the word of God, every word of it, and I trust in this with all my heart. 

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