Summary: Be alert of who you are, who God is, and the lurking devil.
We’re going to be looking at Exodus 7-8 today. I hope most of you read these chapters because we will not have time to read all of it this morning but will highlight passages. But before we learn from Exodus 7-8, let’s be reminded of who Pharaoh and the Egyptians were. Open your bibles to the beginning of Exodus….
Exodus 1:8-16, 22….
Exodus 2:15…. Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s household but now Pharaoh wants to kill him.
Exodus 3:19…. God knows people’s hearts and what they need!
Exodus 5:2, 5-8…. A new Pharaoh but…
And so, what type of people are the Egyptians and Pharaoh??
Pharaoh and the Egyptians during Moses’ time did not believe in the One and Only True God and so they were evil! Let us keep this in mind as we learn from Chapters 7-8 of Exodus. Read along with me starting with Exodus 7:1 …..
v1-2: God made Moses godlike and Aaron a prophet. Were they just like puppets then??
v6: Moses and Aaron were commanded and they obeyed! They could have disobeyed!
v3-5: Moses and Aaron were warned that Pharaoh would not listen to them.
Remember that we had noted earlier that Pharaoh was an evil person and we note here that God allowed Pharaoh to continue with a hardened heart while God performed miraculous signs and wonders. What was God trying to do here? If we put it all together, remember that God sees everything, God was fulfilling His plan of redemption, with the Israelites to be faithful to Him and perhaps for some of the Egyptians to believe in the One and Only God! Have you ever wondered why God still allows sin and evil to be around? The same principle applies; God is still at work for our good!
We can note a couple more things to support God’s Plan:
Exodus 11:9 - The Lord had said to Moses, "Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you-so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt."
Exodus 12:37 – The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. Many other people went up with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.
Many other people must have included Egyptians who witnessed God and believed! We can note this from God's Word, anyone not born a Hebrew had to be circumcised to be in Israel as they went to the Promised Land!
After Exodus 7:5, we read many miracles performed by God but let’s not miss something important that also happened. Did anyone notice??
v8-10: Moses’ staff turned into a snake, by God’s will. But what do we note in v11?
v11: Egyptian wise men, sorcerers, and magicians also made staffs turn to snakes, by secret arts!
But in v12: God gives a glimpse of His power!
v13-21: The Nile River water turned into blood, by God’s will. But what do we note in v22-23?
v22-23: The Egyptian magicians also turned water to blood by their secret arts!
Any thoughts why the wise men and sorcerers were not mentioned??
And what can we say about God in v24-25?? God’s judgment was severe but still provided water needed for life at that time!
We will not take time to read it now, read it later if you have not read it over the week, but Exodus 8 continues with the story of the battle of powers!