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Swarms of Flies

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Exodus 8:20-32 By Exodus 8:20, Egypt has experienced 3 plagues. First, the Nile was turned into blood. Then, the land was plagued with frogs, and next, the sand became lice or gnats. In each case, we are told that Pharaoh’s heart was hard, and he refused to listen. Exodus 8:20 tells us: Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh, as he goes out to the water, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.”’” ( Exodus 8:20 ESV ) We see in this verse that Pharaoh is still carrying on with his tradition of going to the river for renewal and strength. Although God has demonstrated His control over the Nile and all the aspects of nature that the Egyptians worshiped, Pharaoh continues to look to his gods and traditions. God warns Pharaoh. He says, “Or else, if you will not let my people go...” In giving Pharaoh a warning, God is showing kindness and patience. He is trying to reason wit

The Finger of God

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Exodus 8:16-19 God demonstrated His authority in the contest of staffs. When first Aaron’s staff and then the Egyptian’s staffs were changed into serpents, Aaron’s staff swallowed the staffs of Pharaoh’s servants. The staffs and the serpents were symbols of authority in Ancient Egypt. God demonstrated He is the source of life by touching the Nile River and changing it to blood. God demonstrated He is the source of renewal by turning the annual proliferation of frogs into a plague. The Egyptian gods each had power over a specific aspect of nature. They worshiped these gods as their protectors and providers. However, these gods also give us a clue to what they valued. They worshiped what was important to them. Today, we will consider yet another plague with which God struck Egypt. Exodus 8:16 says: Then the Lord said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, so that it may become gnats in all the land of Egyp

No One Like the Lord Our God

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Exodus 8:1-15 When Pharaoh refused to listen to God’s command and repeated warnings, God struck Egypt at its source, the Nile River. He did not destroy Egypt, but with the Nile   full of blood for 7 days instead of water, God communicated that He had control over Egypt’s source of life. This first plague was designed to make it clear that God is the great “I Am” (Exodus 7:17). However, Pharaoh did not take this to heart. This was apparently because the magicians of Egypt were able to make blood out of water (Exodus 7:22). When Pharaoh hardened his heart and did not listen to the word of the Lord, God sent a second plague. According to Exodus 8:10, this plague was designed to make the point “there is no one like the Lord our God.” I hope that in studying what this plague was that we too will understand that there is no one like the Lord our God, and also be able to apply this truth to our present-day lives. First, let’s consider the plague. Exodus 8:1-4 says: The

The Source of Life

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Exodus 7:14-25 The God of the Hebrews, the Lord, sent Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh with a message: “Let my people go!” He gave signs for Moses and Aaron to perform before Pharaoh. In Exodus 7:1-13, Moses recounts the challenge of the staffs, where God demonstrated that His power was greater than Pharaoh’s. However, Pharaoh’s heart grew hard. Exodus 7:13 says: Still Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said. ( Exodus 7:13 ESV ) The God of the Hebrews is the God who created the Egyptians, whether or not they acknowledged it. For this reason, Pharaoh’s hardened heart was a severe problem. What we are going to see today is that his hardened heart cut him off from the source of life. Hebrews chapter 3 warns us several times about having hardened hearts. Hebrews 3:13 tells us: But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. ( Hebrews

Pharaoh’s Heart Was Hardened

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Pharaoh’s Heart Was Hardened Exodus 7:1-13 God spoke to Moses a lot. In Exodus 3, God appeared to Moses in the burning bush. In Exodus 4, God spoke to Moses in Midian and appeared to him at a lodging place along the way.  In Exodus 6, God spoke to Moses in Egypt. In Exodus 4:10 and 6:12, Moses told the Lord that he could not speak well, and then in Exodus 6:30 Moses said for a third time that he could not speak well. Moses did not go to Egypt with a lot of self-confidence, and it appears that he did not move at all unless the Lord commanded him to do so. At each step along the way, God told Moses what to do, and He also told Moses what to expect.  From the start, God told Moses that Pharaoh would not be willing to let the people of Israel go. God repeatedly said that Pharaoh would not let the people go. In Exodus 7, God speaks to Moses again. He reveals a little more of His plan and gives the next step in the process. Exodus 7:1 says: And the