Cynicism Versus Faith at the Red Sea

In Exodus 14, the vast army of Egypt (the greatest army of the world at that time) with Pharaoh's 600 chariots is pressing in on Israel from behind. And the Red Sea lies in front of them. The Israelites are and afraid. So they lash out to Moses with cynicism: "I guess there weren't enough … Continue reading Cynicism Versus Faith at the Red Sea

Sacrifice, Redemption and Remembrance

It's appropriate that this is being posted on St. Patrick's Day, a "holiday" that is celebrated for all the wrong reasons. Of course, the word "holiday" itself is derived from the idea of a "holy day." God instituted holy feasts and celebrations for the purpose of remembrance, so that we would integrate the patterns and … Continue reading Sacrifice, Redemption and Remembrance

The Passover

The deaths of the firstborn and the institution of the Passover in Exodus 11-12 demonstrate very clearly both the severity of God's judgment and the lavishness of God's grace. God warned Pharaoh through Moses, before any of the other plagues occurred, that the slaying of the firstborn would be a consequence of his disobedience (Exodus 4:22-23). … Continue reading The Passover

Locusts Cover the Land and Darkness Cloaks the Sky

In Exodus 10, for the first time, Scripture tells us that the Lord Himself is hardening Pharaoh's heart. (Exodus 10:1) In Exodus, there are 19 references to Pharaoh's heart being hardened - either by himself or by the Lord. It is a dangerous thing to have a hardened heart. If you wonder why the Lord is … Continue reading Locusts Cover the Land and Darkness Cloaks the Sky

Diseased Livestock, Boils & Hail

God used the plagues to systematically dismantle the Egyptian system of worship. God is very interested in who and what we worship, because He desires our worship. The first commandment, which will be given in just a few chapters is this: "You shall have no other gods before me." (Exodus 20:3) When the Israelites heard … Continue reading Diseased Livestock, Boils & Hail

The Nile, Frogs, Gnats and Flies

The thesis statement for Exodus 7-12 is Exodus 7:5: "The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.” There is that phrase again. "I am the LORD." In Exodus 6, he wanted to make sure that Moses understood that He … Continue reading The Nile, Frogs, Gnats and Flies

“I Am The LORD”

I really identify with Moses in Exodus 5:22-23 as he struggles with the responses he received both from the Pharaoh and from the people. I think I understand how he feels. It is foolish, arrogant, sinful pride on my part (or anyone else's) to assume that God's work will be easy. Whether it is in … Continue reading “I Am The LORD”

Bricks Without Straw

Redemption is hard. It is hard because our hearts gravitate toward idolatry. And it is hard because there are forces that oppose redemption. Moses and Aaron show up and tell the leaders of Israel about God's great rescue plan. It went something like this, "Hey, we're here and we're going to rescue you from this … Continue reading Bricks Without Straw

A Reluctant Instrument

God has called Moses to be His human instrument to deliver Israel out of slavery in Egypt, but Moses has all kinds of doubts and concerns about what God is doing here. Moses doesn't exactly fit the profile of a born leader. Remember that in Chapter 3, Moses asked God: “Who am I that I should go to … Continue reading A Reluctant Instrument

God Has A Personal Name

The most common and the most important name for God in the Old Testament is a name that in our English versions never even gets translated. Whenever you see the word LORD in all capital letters, you know that this name is behind it. In Hebrew the name had four letters—YHWH—and may have been pronounced … Continue reading God Has A Personal Name