July 6, 2018
July 6, 2018
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Scripture: Exodus 10:8-11, “ So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. “All right,” he told them, “go and worship the Lord your God. But who exactly will be going with you?”
Moses replied, “We will all go—young and old, our sons and daughters, and our flocks and herds. We must all join together in celebrating a festival to the Lord.”
Pharaoh retorted, “The Lord will certainly need to be with you if I let you take your little ones! I can see through your evil plan. Never! Only the men may go and worship the Lord, since that is what you requested.” And Pharaoh threw them out of the palace.
Observation: Even after the previous plagues, Pharaoh is still trying to bargain with God. He doesn’t want to allow all the Hebrews to leave, only the men while the women, children, and livestock are held captive in Egypt. Despite all the destruction and hardship experienced through the plagues, Pharaoh is unwilling to fully submit to God’s demands. As a result, the Egyptians will soon endure more painful consequences because of Pharaoh’s pride and stubbornness.
Application: What Pharaoh wanted to do was what many of us try to do – give in to God, even bargain with God as an equal, without fully submitting to him as Creator of the universe. We have the privilege of being on this side of the cross and empty tomb and that makes a huge difference. We can come boldly to the throne of God (Hebrews 4:16). However, God is still God. When we say yes to Jesus Christ, we submit to him as both Savior and Lord. Accepting Jesus as Lord means submitting every part of our life to him, including our time, our relationships, our job, and even our money! I think we often try to “pull a Pharaoh” and bargain with God in this area. Well, I’ll give you my time but not my money OR I’ll submit this relationship but not that one; that one, I want to control. It really doesn’t work that way. The Lordship of Christ means Jesus reigns over every area of our life as an individual, over every area of our life as a church, over all nations and cultures, and even over the entire cosmos. The beautiful thing about this is that as we relinquish control and submit more and more to God, we experience greater freedom and joy.
Prayer: Lord, help me fully surrender to you. If there is any area of my life that I’m not submitting to you – my time, my family, my job, my money, my bad habits – help me do that today. Where I am weak, help me lean into your strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
P.S. On July 25, we will be praying for our teachers & local schools at the Table (our mid-week worship experience, Wednesdays at 7pm in Logan Hall). If you are a teacher, you are invited to attend and receive prayer for the new school year. We are also collecting goodies for treat bags for local teachers, such as granola bars, chips, gum, etc. We want to encourage and bless them!