Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bargaining with God--Exodus 8-10

Yesterday we saw how God had started systematically demolishing the Egyptian pantheon of gods.  Each plague was an attack on a specific god (here is a good description).  Abraham humbly bargained with God for the lives of those in Sodom and Gomorrah and God seemed willing to enter the debate. 

Pharoah's bargains are not humble in any way and each plague leaves the Egyptian people with more devastation.
  1. Blood made the river stink and the fish die.
  2. Frogs piled up stank
  3. The lice itch
  4. The flies cause chaos
  5. Livestock dies
  6. Boils hurt
  7. Fiery hail destroys animals and two secondary crops
  8. Locusts consume all their food sources
  9. Darkness stops everything in its tracks--and was a psychological assault on Egypt's national identity
  10. The death of the firstborn personally touches every family's legacy
After each plague, Pharoah gives a little, not realizing who he was bargaining with.  His arrogance will cost him dearly.  Proverbs 29:1 tells us "Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy." 

Don't fight God.  Don't try to weasel out of God's will for you.  Do what He says.  Cry "Uncle!" 

What do you need to surrender to God?

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