MON. AUG 22 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | EXODUS 10 – ROBERT HERNANDEZ HOST

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Exodus 10

The Plague of Locusts

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.”

So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humbleyourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow. They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields. They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians—something neither your parents nor your ancestors have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now.’” Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh.

Pharaoh’s officials said to him, “How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the Lord their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?”

Then Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. “Go, worship the Lord your God,” he said. “But tell me who will be going.”

Moses answered, “We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, and with our flocks and herds, because we are to celebrate a festival to the Lord.”

10 Pharaoh said, “The Lord be with you—if I let you go, along with your women and children! Clearly you are bent on evil.[a] 11 No! Have only the men go and worship the Lord, since that’s what you have been asking for.” Then Moses and Aaron were driven out of Pharaoh’s presence.

12 And the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail.”

13 So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts; 14 they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again. 15 They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail—everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.

16 Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinnedagainst the Lord your God and against you. 17 Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the Lord your God to take this deadly plague away from me.”

18 Moses then left Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord. 19 And the Lordchanged the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea.[b] Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt. 20 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.

The Plague of Darkness

21 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. 23 No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.

24 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go, worship the Lord. Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind.”

25 But Moses said, “You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offeringsto present to the Lord our God. 26 Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshiping the Lord our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the Lord.”

27 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. 28 Pharaoh said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.”

29 “Just as you say,” Moses replied. “I will never appear before you again.”

Devotional

Exodus 10

This chapter brings us the 8th and 9th plagues, locusts and darkness. Remember last Friday we talked about how these plagues were lessons for both sides. Pharaohs heart hardened so the Egyptian‘s could see the miracles of God and the Hebrews could then tell generations to come about Gods miracles and also tell the story of how hard God was on the Egyptians. Both sides will come to know who exactly God is and the power that he has.

God wants us to remember what he’s done for us. Why? Papa H told us this morning, “so that we can tell our family and others of his faithfulness in times of trouble. We can overcome the enemy with God by our side.” Pharaohs Pride is still prevalent as he tries to bargain with God… yet again. Sometimes I feel like I just wanna go back in time and slap him upside the head and say wake up fool.. but God is still teaching lessons and He alone holds negotiating leverage here.

Pharaoh wanted what we all have wanted at some point really, to give in a little without fully submitting… Proving we didn’t really know God and all his power. We offer a little bit of ourselves.. i’ll stop drinking, using, lying, cheating, smoking, disobeying after this one last time. How many times have we done that ourselves? I promise I’ll never do it again BUT just one more time and I’ll stop. An easy confession of sin and a shallow repentance that means OK here comes the blanket of the locusts! Gods breath of wind bringing and taking away the locusts. We Can’t Bargain With God he says No Deal.

The ninth plague comes without warning. Darkness looms. A darkness so heavy it can be felt. Even the candles and lamps would not work for the Egyptians yet God‘s light in the darkness prevails for his people only… because that is who he is just like this song. “He’s a Waymaker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness that is who you are”
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Papa Hernandez’s question for us this morning was: Are you remembering what God has done for you? Think back on all those times when you fully trusted his plan and purpose for you. Listen to what God says and tells us in the Bible not what the new says, not what the officials say, not what the world says but what God tells us and apply it to your life. As long as you ignore God he will keep showing his power until we recognize and acknowledge him. He will not go unnoticed and he will never forget you in your time of trouble.

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