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Pharaoh Ignores God’s Warnings

Pharaoh Ignores God’s Warnings

I’m not sure how many years Bible commentaries have been available; but I feel like I have discovered an exciting new world!   Today, I am using The MACARTHUR BIBLE COMMENTARY by John MacArthur to help with clearer understanding my study of Moses and his leading the Israelites out of Egypt.

I had forgotten that God had instructed Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh and say the first time, “The LORD God of the Hebrews has met with us, and now, please, let us go three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.” Exodus 3:18b NKJV  This was a good idea as it would give them a head start perhaps before the Egyptians realized their slaves were gone!  But, that wouldn’t help the Hebrews to leave with more than they came with, as God had promised Moses. (Exodus 3:21) 

God knew that the king would not let them go for any reason.  But I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not even by a mighty hand.  So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all of  My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go.”  Exodus 3: 19 -20 NKJV

In the MacArthur Commentary, Exodus 4:15 “…and I will teach you..” “The plural pronoun you means that God had promised to assist both of them, Moses and Aaron, in their newly appointed duties.”  Page 88

Another interesting insight: Exodus 4:16 “..you shall be to him as God…” “Aaron would speak to the people for Moses, even as Moses would speak to Aaron for the Lord.”  Macarthur Bible Commentary page88

God had warned Pharaoh that if he refused to let Israel go, his own refusal would bring death to his  firstborn son!  Exodus 4: 21 NKJV   Yet, we just read that God had  told Moses that He was certain the king would not let Israel go. (Exodus 3:19)  What was the purpose of Moses asking Pharaoh to release them if God knew he wouldn’t  do it?

This is an interesting concept: “This interplay between God’s hardening and Pharaoh’s hardening his heart must be kept in balance. Ten times(4:21; 7:3; 9:12; 10:1, 20, 27; 11:10; 14:4 .8. 17) the historical record notes specifically that God hardened the king’s heart, and ten times(7:13 ,14, 22; 8:15, 19, 32; 9:7, 34, 35; 13:15) the record indicates the king hardened his own heart!” (MacArthur Bible Commentary page 88 )

I pray you will read these passages carefully! NEVER take someone’s word about what God’s Word says!!!  ALWAYS look it up for yourself and be sure!!!  I had never thought about it that way and was grateful for this insight because it satisfied some questions I had; but you read it and ask God for clarity before making up your own mind!

“For the first time, apart from the words to Moses before the plagues began, (Exodus 4:21 7 &: 3), the statement is made that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. In the other instances, the record indicates that Pharaoh hardened his own heart. Each instance records “as the Lord commanded”, so what happened did so from two closely related perspectives (1) God was carrying out His purpose through Pharaoh, and (2) Pharaoh was personally responsible for his actions . (Exodus 9:13)“  MacArthur Bible Commentary page 95

My personal study and life’s experiences have proven to me that you and I also have these concepts working in each of our lives!  God is carrying out His purpose through each of us  but  we too are personally responsible ,while using  our God given freedom to make our own choices; that we do so according to God’s laws!

I write my blog because I want to share what I have found so exciting. May God give you the insight He desires for your heart!

 

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God Makes Sure Moses is Ready

God Makes Sure Moses is Ready

I want to take a little time to share another revelation!   I just read a section titled “Welcome from Dr. David Jeremiah” in the front of The Jeremiah Study Bible.  He wrote, “Each week I spend hours preparing to teach the Word, and I am constantly discovering new insights that guide my life!” page iv

He continues:   “ __I struggled in my spirit about whether I should develop The Jeremiah Study Bible. I wasn’t sure that my own study notes on God’s Word were worthy of such an effort…..I concluded that perhaps the insights God has given me and applications that have come to my heart, could be helpful to others as they live out their Christian faith each day”    …”For these who use this study Bible, my prayer is that you will fall in love with Scripture in such a way that His Word will be written on your heart.” page v

Oh, Amen and Amen! It was such a thrill for me to read the words of this beloved man of God that expressed so beautifully all that I have been feeling!!! (Have to stop here for the tissues! )Those words explain and answer so many of the questions I have been struggling with for some time!  I am sure my sister and my friends will be grateful that I have finally found an answer that should give me peace of mind!!

It also helps me understand Moses and his reluctance to do what God had called him to do.  He didn’t feel he was adequate enough to do it either.  But, like Moses and Dr. David Jeremiah, you and I can do whatever God asks of us because He will supply any help we need.(2 Corinthians 9:10; Philippians 4:19)

Here is another example of something very important that I had missed so many times before today!   Moses was finally on his way back to Egypt.  They had stopped for the night. “And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the LORD met him (Moses) and sought to kill him!” Exodus 4:24 NKJV

What??  God had just chosen Moses to serve Him in a very important detail of His plan to save the Israelites, His chosen people!  Now, He was going to kill him?  I must have missed something!?!

Dr. Jeremiah explains that Moses had neglected to follow the LORD’S command given to Abraham and failed to circumcise his second son, Eliezer  . (The Jeremiah Study Bible page 81)  “This is My covenant which you are to keep, between Me and you and your offspring after you. Everyone of your males must be circumcised.” Genesis 17:10 HCSB

When God calls you to serve Him; be aware that He will often show you areas in your life that have been neglected and needs to be corrected in order to be completely obedient!  This was the case with Moses in Exodus 4: 24-26.  Thankfully, Moses’ wife, Zipporah, realized what had to be done and circumcised their baby boy herself!

See how easy it is to miss this very important detail! Right in the middle of Moses arguing about being the right person for the job; and God giving Moses and Aaron specific details about what He would do; and Moses and Aaron meeting the Pharaoh for the first time…God’s Word throws in this very important detail of obedience to all His Word!!

So, it isn’t important how fast you can read God’s Word; but instead, how closely you consider what you read! What is the message God intends for each word?  I find it very helpful to use cross-referenced scriptures and commentaries to help me understand as fully as possible what God is saying to me. I also find God reassures me sometimes, by repeating the answer from different sources.

I personally believe that every word of God’s Word is God breathed!  Otherwise, I do not know how I could possibly know which scripture to believe and which scripture to just overlook. What about you?  Are there parts of The Bible that you don’t believe God put there?  Please ask God to show you HIS TRUTH!

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God Chooses Moses

God Chooses Moses

I have a confession! Many of my friends and family have asked me what is a “blog”  when I told them about my new venture!  So, I finally looked it up !  According to Google; “blogging” is “adding new material or regularly updating a blog”!!  Well, what is a “blog” then?  Again, according to Google,  a “blog” is “a regularly updated web page or website ………that is written in an informal or conversational style”!    Now we all know!  OK, some of you already knew that!  I’m just saying, “now, we all know!” Here’s hoping that what I am doing, qualifies as a “blog”!

I hope you are as anxious to get back to Moses as I am!

Joseph was used by God in His plan to save His people  by moving them to Egypt because of  a famine in Canaan.  But, what started out to be a wonderful place for them to live lasted a lot longer than they thought it would! They have been there 400 years now and the freedom to work with their flocks that they had once enjoyed was now gone and they have become slaves and badly mistreated by the Egyptians.  They cry out to God and their cries are heard! (Exodus 2: 25)

Just as Joseph was part of God’s plan, so was the life of Moses! God had saved Moses’ life when he was just a baby.  He grew up as the grandson of a Pharaoh, yet he always felt a kinship with his Hebrew neighbors.  That led to Moses killing an Egyptian that was beating a Hebrew slave. He fled Egypt and we catch up with him in Midian which is part of Saudia Arabia today. 

Moses is found resting at a well in Midian where the daughters of the priest of Midian, were trying to get water for their father’s flock.  When the girls were threaten by some shepherds who were also trying to get water, Moses came to their rescue.  Because of this, their father, Reuel, insisted that Moses join his family.  (Exodus 2: 22)  He married Reuel’s daughter, Zipporah, and  they had a son named, Gershom.

According to The Jeremiah Study Bible (NKJV) by Dr. David Jeremiah; “Moses was 80 years old when he was ready to fulfill the LORD’s calling. No other leader in Biblical times had such a lengthy training period.”  (commentary page 78)

It was on Mount Horeb, (“the mountain of God” Exodus 3: 1b NKJV, also called Sinai), that God spoke to Moses from a burning bush!  Moses will be at Mountain Sinai again “when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain!”(Exodus 3: 12)   This is such a beautiful account of God and how He chooses to approach man, I hope you will read it all in Exodus Chapter 3!  For example, this is where I find  some scriptures that make me so excited to be in HIS Word:

  • Exodus 3: 5 “’Do not come closer’, He said. ‘Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is  holy ground!”  HCSB
  • Exodus 3: 14 “God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM,”  And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.”  NKJV
  • Exodus 3: 15b “…The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.  This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.” NKJV
  • Exodus 3: 21 “And I will give this people such favor in the sight of the Egyptians, that when you go, you will not go empty-handed.”  HCSB

Moses has all kinds of excuses to hopefully convince God to choose someone else to do this for Him. But God gave Moses sign after sign that He would be with him every step of this path chosen for him. Exodus 4: 1-9

Moses finally came up with enough excuses that God became angry with him! In Exodus 4: 10, “ But Moses replied to the LORD, “ Please, LORD,  I have never been eloquent—either in the past or recently or since You have been speaking to Your servant—because I am slow and hesitant in speech!”  HCSB

Now, God had just spoken to Moses from a burning bush. That should have convinced him that God was capable of whatever He asked him to do!  But, God said He would have Moses brother, Aaron, go with him.  Moses would be the one that would show the signs of God to Pharaoh and Aaron would be the spokesperson for God!  Now, we are not surprised that Aaron is already on his way to see Moses and tell him that it was safe for him to return to Egypt!  (Exodus 4: 11-17)   After all, God knew the entire path from the very beginning!  And I am convinced that if you do not accept the service God has called you to do; that He is able to find someone else that will accept!

Because God’s plan will be accomplished!!!

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