OPENING: Tell me, what Sport is this:
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.
Each man thatís on the side thatís in goes out and when heís out he comes in and the next man goes in until heís out.
When 3 men are out, the side thatís out comes in and the side thatís been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.
Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When both sides have been in and out nine times including the not outs, thatís the end of the game.

(get audience to reply) Of courseÖ Itís baseball. But how did you know? What gave it away? Of course. You knew what game it was, because baseball has a distinctiveness about it that sets it apart from other sports. So also, Godís handiwork has a distinctiveness that sets it apart. Notice the comment of Magicians as they surrender: They said what had occurred was a result of the "Finger of God."

I. What made these magicians believe that? Why would they suddenly believe that God had acted in this miracle?

After all they had duplicated all the previous miracles. They had turned their staffs into snakes, the waters of the Nile into blood, materialized frogs from dustÖ But frankly, these were all parlor tricks for them. Slight of hand and misdirection was their stock in trade. This was the first miracle they realize they couldnít duplicate.

After this miracle, and from this time on, the magicians join the voices warning Pharaoh: "Get rid of Israelites!"

II. The Magicians become troubled... BUT Pharaoh becomes hardened... Why was there a difference in how they responded?

The gods of Egypt were personifications of forces that helped them explain their human experience. Were the Cows dry? Was the rain not falling? Crops not growing?
If so, it was time to appease the gods.

The Priests and magicians of Egypt were the scientists of the day. They interpreted why things happened the way they did and they reported their findings as scientific fact. Part of the reason Pharaohís heart became hardened, was that if he acknowledged what these "scientists" were NOW saying, he would have to admit that he had been wrong.
People donít like to do that.
Even scientists donít like to do that.

III. Such attitudes even prevail in much of what passes for "science" today.

The reason this happens is because, for many scientists, there is a basic underlying philosophy that rejects God as a possible force in world.

Back in 1987, the National Academy of Science was speaking as a Friend of the Court in a Louisiana Creation case. The representative of the Academy rejected Creationism because: "It fails to display the most basic characteristic of science: reliance upon naturalistic explanations."

ILLUS: I once read about a young woman who was studying in a college science class. They were discussing one of the facets of theory of manís evolution As the class considered how each part of the human anatomy must have evolved, they began talking about the human eye.