July 5, 2018
July 5, 2018
Read Exodus 9
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Scripture- Exodus 9:34- But when Pharaoh saw that the rain, hail, and thunder had stopped, he and his officials sinned again, and Pharaoh again became stubborn.
Observations- Even though Pharaoh saw with his own eyes the devastation and destruction from the Lord for his refusal to let the Hebrew people go, his heart of stone remained. While the Egyptians were in the middle of receiving consequences of their disobedience, Pharaoh confessed his sins and agreed to let them go, but once they experienced relief from the consequences he again refused to let them go.
Application- There are times in our lives where we don't really want to confess our sins to God and genuinely repent to go in a new direction; rather what we really want is freedom from consequences or relief from having to face the natural consequences of our disobedience. We can rest assured this never ends well. We need to trust the full witness of Scripture as we find in Joel 2:13: "'Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.'” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish."
Prayer- Lord, thank You for the ongoing gift of Your forgiveness and grace. You know how much I stand in need of Your mercy! When I stray and nibble myself lost as one of the sheep of Your flock, help me return to You quickly. Help us be a church that lifts the banner of repentance and new life in Jesus Christ, for that is where we will experience new hope. Amen.
From the story of the Prodigal Son: "So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him." (Luke 15:20),
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