Exodus 8-9

Exodus 8:15

_But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the LORD had said._ Exodus 8_15.png

“But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.”

Pharaoh relented after the plague of frogs, but as soon as Moses pleaded with God to end the plague and the frogs disappeared, Pharaoh hardened his heart and took back his word.

Sometimes when we sin we say, “I’m going to stop this behavior.” But when no immediate repercussions befall us, we willfully continue the behavior. We might not say it out loud, but in our hearts we reason that if God isn’t punishing us He must not mind what we’re doing. This is blatant disobedience. As with Pharaoh, grave ramifications are in store for us if we don’t heed God’s word.

Lord, create in me a repentant heart that seeks to honor You first. Help me to love you so much that I can’t abide disobeying You in the first place.

This Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/20: Exodus 8-9

2/21: Exodus 10-11

2/22: Exodus 12

2/23: Exodus 13:17-14

2/24: Exodus 16-17

Exodus 6-7

Exodus 7:13

_Still Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said._ Exodus 8_15(1).png

“Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.”

Even after seeing God’s power by the staff-turned-serpent, Pharaoh refuses to heed God’s word through His messengers. He didn’t want to believe in the God of the Israelites.

It is possible to see God work and not acknowledge Him or praise Him for it. This can happen from a lack of attention, or as in this case, a desire not to believe in God. Like the magicians who replicate the miracle by unknown means, we can explain away God’s power to fit our perception of the world, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t God or that He doesn’t have the power.

God, help me to be aware of Your power at work and to praise You for it. You are our Almighty Father, and my understanding doesn’t limit your capability.

Next Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/20: Exodus 8-9

2/21: Exodus 10-11

2/22: Exodus 12

2/23: Exodus 13:17-14

2/24: Exodus 16-17

 

Exodus 4-5

Exodus 4-5

_For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all._Exodus 5;23.png

“For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”

After speaking with Pharaoh unsuccessfully the first time, Moses questions why God went him. Nothing good has come from his efforts.

In the middle of God’s plan, things can get complicated. It may even seem as if we’re failing. But God has the vision, the blueprints, and the omniscience; He will see the plan through, and He will see us through. Our job is to be faithful and obedient to Him, but it may take time.

Thank You can that I can trust You, Father. You see the days ahead of me and while they may not be easy, they are yours and they will bring me closer to You. Give me faith to trust in You.

This Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/13: Genesis 48-49

2/14: Genesis 50-Exodus 1

2/15: Exodus 2-3

2/16: Exodus 4-5

2/17: Exodus 6-7

Exodus 2-3

Exodus 3:11-12

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“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘But I will be with you.'”

When God describes the land He will give to His people after escaping the Egyptians, Moses questions who he is to undertake this brave endeavor. God’s response is perfect; I will be with you. Moses had nothing to do with God’s plan to rescue the Israelites from oppression other than being obedient to it. God promised that He would go with him and that it would be His strength and sovereignty that would make it happen.

When God calls us to do something, it has nothing to do with us. We are not strong enough, brave enough, or wise enough to make it happen. But when we lean into God’s power in obedience, He will be with us supplying the strength, bravery, and wisdom we lack.

Lord, when You call me to a task, help me to recognize that Your call is a promise to be with me. What an amazing promise that is. Thank You for using me-simple me-to fulfill Your perfect purposes.

This Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/13: Genesis 48-49

2/14: Genesis 50-Exodus 1

2/15: Exodus 2-3

2/16: Exodus 4-5

2/17: Exodus 6-7

Genesis 50 – Exodus 1

Exodus 1:8

_Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph._ Exodus 1_8.png

“Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.”

Joseph and his family enjoyed favor in the eyes of men under the Pharaoh who worked with him. But when a new ruler takes power, Israel no longer benefits from that relationship. It seems as if God’s promise to Jacob will be thwarted- the new Pharaoh has taken power and wants to enslave the numerous men of Israel.

We know that God’s promise ultimately prevails. Despite a transfer of power, God’s plan is sovereign. The leadership of government may impact us, but it doesn’t change God’s plan nor the final outcome. Our trust is in Him and not in men.

Lord, help me to remember that my first allegiance is to You. Rulers can come and go, but it is ultimately Your plan ad message that reign supreme.

This Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/13: Genesis 48-49

2/14: Genesis 50-Exodus 1

2/15: Exodus 2-3

2/16: Exodus 4-5

2/17: Exodus 6-7

Genesis 48-49

Genesis 48:3-4

_And Jacob said to Joseph, 'God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and said to me, 'Behold, I will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.'_ Genesis.png

“And Jacob said to Joseph, ‘God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and said to me, ‘Behold, I will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.'”

In his dying moments, Jacob transfers the message of God’s blessing to his sons. This promise is his legacy.

We all want to be remembered for something important, but the only lasting legacy resides in the promise of God. What is important is that His promise lives on through our children and grandchildren and that we nurture the faith of future generations. If we aren’t passing on a growing fervor for the Lord, we are wasting our efforts.

As a parent, help me to be mindful of the way I raise my children. Help me to be dedicated to growing them in relationship with You, Lord, as I grow in relationship with You.

This Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/13: Genesis 48-49

2/14: Genesis 50-Exodus 1

2/15: Exodus 2-3

2/16: Exodus 4-5

2/17: Exodus 6-7

Genesis 46-47

Genesis 46:3-4

_Then he said, 'I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again._ Gen.png

“Then he said, ‘I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again.”

Jacob seeks God’s wisdom regarding the voyage to Egypt. God responds by not only promising to make a great nation from him there, but also to go with him.

So often we try to find solutions to our problems and concerns without even consulting God. From our limited perspective, it is difficult- if not impossible- to make good decisions. We neglect one of the greatest gifts in life: God’s guiding presence. We have the Holy Spirit within steering our thoughts and convictions if we allow Him to take control. Yet for some reason, we choose to trust our instincts and miss out on opportunities.

Thank You for Your guiding presence, Holy Spirit. Help me to tune into Your leading and to recognize Your power.

Next Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/6: Genesis 48-49

2/7: Genesis 50-Exodus 1

2/8: Exodus 2-3

2/9: Exodus 4-5

2/10: Exodus 6-7