God’s purpose in the 10 plagues was that “The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst.” A
Not only did the Egyptians experience the Lord’s power but so did the Israelites. Now 3,463 years later we can read these stories and know that the Lord is the infinite, all-powerful, sovereign, eternal, creator and sustainer of the universe. We can trust Him to keep all His promises just as He kept the promise to Abraham B about the deliverance of Israel from Egypt.
The birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus were all fulfillments of many specific promises in the Old Testament. His resurrection is guarantee that all His disciples will someday have a resurrected body like His in heaven for eternity. C People today are wise who believe in Jesus and obey His commands out of love for Him instead of the stubborn and hard heart of Pharaoh.
Moses and Aaron obeyed God’s commands exactly but Pharaoh was stubborn and refused to let the Israelites go. D This refusal led to the 1st of 10 plagues, the turning of the Nile to blood for 10 days. But Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the Israelite’s leave. This was major blow to Egypt because the fish died, the source of water was lost and the Nile served as a means of transportation of goods. This plague also affected the Israelites.
Each of the plagues was direct assault on false gods of Egypt. The Lord was demonstrating His sovereignty over the false gods they worshipped. For all 10 plagues, god’s of Egypt and notes on one page, click here. Eight times the Bible says “Pharaoh’s heart was hardened”and he refused to let the Israelites go.
Pharaoh had a free will to accept or reject God’s clear requests. We have that same free will 1st to accept or reject the salvation of Jesus and then as disciples to obey His clear commands. There are consequences to rejection in both cases.
I am thankful to the one true God who created the universe to reveal His power and then revealed Himself through His inspired word as my Redeemer.
Henry Luke 9/12/2017
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