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Burning Anger

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Exodus 11 Does God get angry? Yes, He does. However, we must not think His anger is like ours. He is patient, just, righteous and loving. His anger is an expression of all of these characteristics. It is His love and justice that moves Him to anger. In Exodus 11, we have an example of how God showed His anger. The story of Exodus 11 started way before the plagues in the days of Abraham when God told Abraham that Abraham’s descendants would be slaves in a foreign land. The fulfilling of that promise is the story of Exodus. By the time we reach Exodus 11, God has struck Egypt with nine plagues. With this ninth plague, we see something different. With the first eight plagues, Moses seemed to be told what was coming next about the time it happened. However, at the end of the ninth plague, Moses knew what was coming next. After three days of absolute darkness, Pharaoh told Moses: Go and worship the LORD,” he said. “But leave your flocks and herds here. You ma

The Final Warning

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Exodus 10:21-29 God promised Abraham: Then the Lord said to Abram, "Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete." ( Genesis 15:13-16 ESV ) Here, in this passage, God says He will bring judgment on the nation that they serve. When God appeared to Moses at the Mountain of God in the wilderness, He said: But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go. ( Exodus 3:19-20 ESV )

Plague of Locusts

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Exodus 10:1-20 Exodus 10:1-2 tells us: Then the Lord said to Moses, "Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord." ( Exodus 10:1-2 ESV ) The Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and the hearts of his servants so that we could know that HE is the LORD. God brings this up in His word in Romans 9 when He says: “What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power

Lord Over the Heavens

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Exodus 9:13-35 We have come to the seventh plague; the first of the third group of three. Plagues seven, eight and nine are hail, locust and darkness. These all come from the sky with the locusts being carried into the land by wind. We have been considering how the various plagues show God’s judgment on the various Egyptian gods. However, we have also been considering how each plague called for Pharaoh and his people to repent. God was educating the Egyptian people about His nature and persuading them to turn away from their meaningless, empty religion. Slavery comes in many forms, physical slavery to a human master, while evil, is not the worst form of slavery. Egypt was in slavery to false gods and false religion, and it was under the power of the evil one. Truly, Egypt’s slavery was worse than Israel’s slavery was. We must train ourselves to think in terms of the eternal and not limit our thinking, plans and ambitions to this physical world. God calls us to fix