TUE. AUG 23 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | EXODUS 11 – PASTOR JASON HOST

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Exodus 11

The Plague on the Firstborn

Now the Lord had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely. Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.” (The Lordmade the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.)

So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.’ Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinctionbetween Egypt and Israel. All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow you!’ After that I will leave.” Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh.

The Lord had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.” 10 Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go out of his country.

Devotional

Exodus 11

This chapter announces the last plague. God never executes judgment without giving a warning. Pharaoh could never claim that Moses did not warn him about Gods judgment coming against Egypt through these 10 plagues. These 10 plagues weren’t just random things that God chose to inflict on them they all had a meaning. Look at the chart I attached. The plagues were grouped and started in chapter 7, this last plague set apart all by itself.

Each plague showing Gods high favor to Moses and the Israelites.
Gods people being set apart from the world. Once hated now they have become respected by the Egyptians as they have seen that God is for them, protecting them through all of these plagues. The people of Egypt have been run over by frogs, gnats and flies. The water has been turned to blood, they have been infested with boils and their property and animals have been destroyed by disease, locusts and hail. The sun was hidden for three days and now the threat of killing the firstborn child in every single household. Rich or poor it will not matter.

By now the Egyptian people are all about telling the Hebrews to go. Here take this money, food, gifts … just go! They see that the Lord God is greater than their gods. Pharaohs pride still prevailed. A hardened heart preventing him from what God has in store for him. Sometimes we have hardened hearts. We get our back up about something that happened at the church, in our life … walk away for a bit. Sometimes we show up just to check off a box but we’re not really there mentally receiving what we should be receiving right? Pastor Jason said this morning we cannot put conditions on God, he’s got a plan. It might not be what we want or what we expected but he will see it through. Whether we join Him right away or whether we go through a bunch of ‘plagues’ to get there.

We have to remember God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He’s a constant and the great ‘I am’. God gives us warnings and he gives us time to come to him.
Remember this warning from Him:

“for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

If you haven’t joined Gods family yet, you still have time.. Like Pastor Jason said this morning, “there is still time to repent and come home.”

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