Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Wednesday, February 3rd: Exodus 10 - 12 ~ Nathan
Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Exodus 10-12
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Exodus 13-15
In chapter 10 we see twice how Pharaoh tried to call the shots, even though he knew he was negotiating from a point of weakness. Both times he tried making restrictions on the terms Moses wanted.
Moses wanted all Israelites - men, women, children and livestock, to leave Egypt but Pharaoh wanted to keep some of them back, as well he wanted to restrict how they worshiped God. He would allow some to worship but not all. Pharaoh's advisers wanted to be rid of Moses but Pharaoh saw the ruin Egypt would face if it lost all the Israelites. The reality was that Egypt was already ruined.
Do we ever try, unknowingly sometimes, to dictate the terms in our relationship with Jesus? An example would be - do we set aside time for God then leave him out of the rest of our day? I do this sometimes, I spend time reading His word daily, but then go on to get caught up in work or other activities and leave God out of it by forgetting to pray throughout the day. God wants our attention, we can't restrict that to only our time of reading and studying His word.
Later on in chapter 12 during the exodus, Pharaoh shows a much more humble attitude towards the Israelites and a respect for God,
Verse 32 - "Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.”
At this time Pharaoh sees that he's lost, and knows the power of God, and now wants to be in on God's plan by asking for God to bless him. We see again how Pharaoh wants things on his terms, he fought so hard against God and lost, so he'll jump over to God's side and let the Israelites go, so he can get blessed by God, the true source of power.