EXODUS 8 IN FOCUS
15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said.
Oh mortal man, for how long would you let comfort blindfold you from your solemn duty to your Maker? Oh mortal man, for how long would you neglect the solemn duty of your obedience and submissiveness to God? Oh mortal man, for how long would you continue to forget the very source of your breath when you breathe everyday? It is written in 1 Samuel 12 ‘If you will not listen to the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the command of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you, as it was against your fathers.’ God demands our utmost obedience. God needs us to submit to His authority. He said ‘ 14 “‘But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, 15 and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, 16 then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and sap your strength. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it. 17 I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies; those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you. 18 “‘If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over.”
When Jesus Christ healed the disabled man He said to Him ”See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”
Have we forgotten Abraham who had what his heart had desired for but still obeyed God and went ahead, taking a three day walk to the mountain just to go and sacrifice his only son Isaac? Who loves God? let such a person show it in his moment of comfort! Who loves God? Let him remain faithful and obedient to the commandments of God! Why will you love what you hate and hate what you love? So many people love God! ‘They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.’
Pharaoh had seen the awesome power of God but he stood firmly against the will of God bringing pain to his people! The decisions of leaders do not just affect them only but their followers! Are you a parent, mind your choices today! Are you a leader, think about your followers as you take decision each day! Pharaoh’s decision had a great effect on all things on the land of Egypt.
6 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground,’ and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats.” 17 They did this, and when Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came on people and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats. 18 But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not. Since the gnats were on people and animals everywhere, 19 the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the Lord had said.”
God has outlined what He wants and what He hates in His word. It is the duty of man to obey the will of God to avoid any fierce punishment. It is worth noting that we have the power to choose! God said ”See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a cures”
Do we want to experience the punishment of God? Who enjoys punishment? Who wants to be punished?
In what ways are we doing what Pharaoh did today?
HE IS AN IMMORTAL GOD
Walter C. Smith— Hymns of Christ and the Christian Life, 1876.
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
But of all Thy rich graces this grace, Lord, impart
Take the veil from our faces, the vile from our heart.
All laud we would render; O help us to see
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee,
And so let Thy glory, Almighty, impart,
Through Christ in His story, Thy Christ to the heart.