Summary: The night nobody slept. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: Exodus Chapter 11-12.
• Some dates are etched into our memories:
• January 1st.
• February 14th.
• November 5th.
• December 25th.
• July 16th!
If you were Jewish one date you would never forget was:
• Was the fourteenth day of Nisan.
• The start of the Jewish religious calendar.
• The month of Nisan takes each spring around March-April.
• It is co-incident with Good Friday and Easter.
• Just as we mark modern history by B.C. and A.D.
• So the Jew would mark his calendar by the fourteenth day of Nisan.
In other words an event took place that changed the course of Jewish history;
• The event is want we call Passover.
• An event that is still celebrated today.
• As we will see over the next couple of months;
• Out of this event would eventually come our BOB (communion).
• So today’s passage is a foundation passage;
• That will give us insight into the weekly event we call BOB (communion).
(1). The Plagues a warning ignored:
• Man fed up about being told by his friends that he is going deaf;
• Finally goes for a examination to get his hearing checked.
• The doctor pulls out a watch from his desk and asks;
• “Can you hear it tick?”
• He moves to the far aside of the room;
• “Can you hear it now?”
• He moves into the corridor;
• “Can you hear it now?”
• When he returns he says to the man;
• “You haven’t got a hearing problem, you just don’t listen!”
Nine times Pharaoh was warned by God through Moses,
• To “Let my people go!”
• He heard the warning but he stubbornly refused to listen to
• To bring home to him the serious of his condition;
• God sent nine devastating plagues upon the land:
(1). Blood (Nile River turned to blood).
(5). Livestock epidemic,
• With each new plague there is an increasing intensity:
• There is a gradual build up from discomfort, to disease, to danger, to death.
Remember that these plagues were a warning:
• Warnings are a sign of love and concern.
• God could have brought the worst plague first,
• But again and again and again (9x) he gave Pharaoh a chance to “Let his people go”,
• But sadly Pharaoh refused to heed the warning.
CHAPTER 11 IS REALLY A BATTLE:
(1a). It is a Battle of the Gods.
• Often we forget that this was a religious contest,
• A contest between the true God of the Hebrew slaves and the false gods of Egypt.
• Every one of those 10 plagues,
• Was an attack on a particular Egyptian god.
• The 9th plague particularly was a special insult to Pharaoh,
• For he was believed to be the incarnation of the sun-god.
• Yet the so-called ‘sun god’ cannot prevent darkness over the land.