June 14, 2017
Read: Exodus 7:15-9:7
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Scripture- Exodus 8:19- “This is the finger of God!” the magicians exclaimed to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh’s heart remained hard. He wouldn’t listen to them, just as the Lord had predicted.
Observations- Even though Pharaoh clearly experiences first hand the "finger of God" in the signs God sends on behalf of the Israelites for the purpose of their freedom from slavery and the oppression of the Egyptians, Pharaoh keeps refusing to listen carefully to the voice of God through Moses and Aaron. He is beyond stubborn.
Application- There is a significant difference between being steadfast and persevering through difficult trials versus being stubborn. Proverbs 29:1 reminds us that "Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery." Pharaoh refuses to listen to what God is doing right in front of him. As followers of Jesus, we get to listen to Him and respond faithfully...without being stubborn.
Prayer- Lord, remove my stubbornness, but let me be steadfast and persevering in Your love and grace. Don’t let me natural stubbornness put up a roadblock to drawing closer to Jesus. Let me nail my stubbornness to the cross and release it to You. Let me listen carefully to You. Let my heart be open to receive from others and give to others as well. Help me move forward with You in ways that Pharaoh refused. Amen.
"Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble." (Proverbs 28:14),
P. S. - It's Summer Nights at the Table, which means a lot of great food, great mid-week worship, and fun activities for the whole family after the service. Tomorrow we'll have Dinner at 6pm in the Social Hall, Worship at 7pm in Logan Hall, and Board Games after the service.
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