WED. AUG 17 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | EXODUS 7 – PASTOR SHAUN HOST

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Exodus 7

Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”

Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them. Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.

Aaron’s Staff Becomes a Snake

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.”

10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lordcommanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers,and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts:12 Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.

The Plague of Blood

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the river. Confront him on the bank of the Nile, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake. 16 Then say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened. 17 This is what the Lord says: By this you will know that I am the Lord: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood. 18 The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.’”

19 The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt—over the streams and canals, over the ponds and all the reservoirs—and they will turn to blood.’ Blood will be everywhere in Egypt, even in vessels[a] of wood and stone.”

20 Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood. 21 The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt.

22 But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said. 23 Instead, he turned and went into his palace, and did not take even this to heart. 24 And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile to get drinking water, because they could not drink the water of the river.

The Plague of Frogs

25 Seven days passed after the Lord struck the Nile.

Devotional

Exodus 7

Moses has been struggling with this mission for four chapters now. But God is patient. Even through all his outbursts and whining God is merciful. He doesn’t yell, he doesn’t reprimand him, he calmly tells him again… This is the plan and what you’re going to do. Sometimes we need to be told over and over what to do. We have selective hearing and we’re stubborn. We can’t see the sun/outcome through all of the branches/obstacles. So a lot of times it’s easier to just ignore what we’re supposed to be doing. We say it’s too hard instead of cutting through the crap and just doing what we’re supposed to be doing.

The Lord assured Moses that he would punish Egypt and bring the Israelites out of the land. In doing so he will prove himself as Lord. God even forewarned him that he was going harden Pharaohs heart. He was not going to make this mission easy there are lessons to be learned. Even though Pharaoh would not be persuaded right away, he knew Moses would see that with God nothing is impossible.

Now Moses and Aaron get to show the signs of God. God tells Moses he will be like God and Aaron would be his prophet. Moses will take his instruction directly from God and Aaron will take his instruction from Moses.
“ A prophet is one who represents God to man; and as such, all the Lord‘s people are prophets.” (Thomas)

Moses and Aaron return to Pharaoh. Each time Aaron uses the Walkingstick Pharaoh’s magicians also perform their tricks by producing snakes. Yet Aaron’s walking stick eats the snakes that they produce. Then we see the first of the 9/10 plagues by turning water into blood. “But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭7:22‬ ‭NIV‬‬
I’m a little bit confused because the water has already been turned into blood so how do they think that they are doing the same thing? Pastor Shawn reminded us this morning there are two sources of power. God‘s power and demonic power. We need to be very careful which one we choose to use and follow.

Irregardless Moses is not impressed and returns to his palace as he tells Egyptians to dig by the bank of the river and look for clean water. His heart remains hardened. The dead fish and the blood rendered Egypt unpleasant, the very thing they idolized rendered useless. Things we idolize God will take from us or make bitter to us. We see this plague continue for seven days still Pharaoh’s proud heart would not let him ask Moses to pray for the removal of it.

Pastor Shawn asked us these LifePoint questions today.

1) How are we representing God in our life?
When people aren’t reading the Bible they’re watching and reading our every move. Are we giving those around us a true idea of who God is.

2) Do you have selective hearing?
Is God asking you to do something and you’ve been ignoring it, pushing it to the back burner waiting for a more convenient time?

3) What things are deceiving you?
What lies of the devil are keeping you from completing God‘s plan. You can do it! With God all things are possible. Even when you’re having outbursts and whining God is loving and patient and will be right there beside you on His mission.

Let God be God.
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May be an image of tree and text that says 'You are to say EVERYTHING I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. Exodus 7:2'