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Summary: To show that we must not allow sin to fester in our lives, but it must be dealt with quickly and completely when discovered.

INTRODUCTION

Exodus 8:1-15 (quickview) 

-Children love frogs

-Boys torment girls with them

-Fairy tales and stories are full of them

-But always, they bear a stigma of being ugly, gross, disgusting, something not meant ot be touched or handled

-Can you imagine a miraculous infestation of frogs?

-Discovering them in your flour jar when you begin to make bread

-Squishing them under your feet every time you take a step

-Finding them in bed when you go to lay down at night

-Hearing them croak in thunderous measure as you try to sleep

-We often look at Pharaoh and wonder what He must have been thinking to allow this plague and the others to go on

-But are we much different from him?

-Let’s look today at Pharaoh and see where he went wrong so we can learn from his mistakes

-Let’s see how to keep from spending one more night sleeping with frogs

I. He Had A Problem (vs. 1-7)

-The land was filled with frogs

-We see the stench as they are carried away

-The frogs are a symbol of sin

-Sin stinks!!!

-OT sacrifices were sweet smelling aromas to God

A. Because of his original disobedience

-This is the second plague

-First was water turned to blood

-To follow would be lice, flies, death of livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and death of firstborn

B. Because of his self-sufficiency

-His magicians could only bring more frogs

-We often hijack our lives from the God who created us and loves us

-We can never rid ourselves of the sins in our lives

-Often we try, but we will always fail

II. He Procrastinated About The Solution (vs. 8-10b)

-He said “Tomorrow”

-He was of the mind set that says “never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.”

-Why didn’t he say “Today”?

A. He was blind to how bad the situation really was

-It was just a few frogs

-He saw it as simply an annoyance

-Often we are that way with our sin

-We see it as an annoyance

-We say, “Well, I just can’t help it”

-Or we say, “It isn’t really a BAD sin.”

-We don’t realize in these cases that sin is sin and every one is extremely displeasing to God

B. He was trying to find another solution

-Rather than obedience to God

-It’s amazing how we always seem to turn to God as a last resort

-Perhaps the greatest sin in 21st century America is the sin of self-sufficiency

1. I can do it on my own

2. I can do it with someone’s help

III. He Refused To Obey (vs. 15)

-He changed His mind

-Now that things were better, he didn’t believe he needed to obey God anymore

-The frogs were gone, why did he need to obey

-He went back on the deal he made

-Our God is the God of more than just the bad times

A. Obedience is difficult

1. Because our desires are evil

-We all are born with a sin nature

2. Because our thinking are wrong

B. Obedience is beneficial

1. Obeying God is always for our own good

-He never demands anything that isn’t

-It may not seem good in this life

-But it is always good for eternity

2. Obeying God is always for the good of others

-Pharaoh wasn’t just hurting himself by his disobedience

-Disobedience affects others and your relation to them

a. Spouse

b. Children

c. Neighbors

d. Strangers


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