Sunday, September 1, 2013

September 1 - Exodus 9

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 9. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter continues the conversation between God and Moses and Moses and Pharaoh.  God tells Moses to again ask for the Israelite’s (God’s chosen people in the Old Testament) freedom and again Pharaoh refused.
  • Because of Pharaoh’s continued refusal, God brings about three separate plagues upon the land.  However, God makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.  All of Israel and all their animals were spared, yet no one and no animal of Egypt was spared.
  • After the plague of Hail, we see a small glimmer of hope for Pharaoh.  He has a change of heart and summons Moses to stop the hail, claiming he will let the Israelites go.  But as soon as the hail stops, Pharaoh again hardens his heart and refuses to let them leave.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • On one hand, it can be seen in this scripture that God is a cruel God, waiting to inflict plague on people.  However, when you understand the history behind this situation, you find that God is passionately pursuing those He loves and will not let anything stand in the way of being with them.
  • God’s passion for his people is so great, and his love is so vast, that he wants to be very clear that He is God and we can have access to Him through his Son.  He performed these mighty acts through Moses so there would be no mistake about how powerful and mighty God really is.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • God is passionately pursuing you.  Have you returned the favor?  God is longing to spend time with you.  How have you passionately pursued your relationship with him?
  • How can you daily recognize God’s power (what the Bible calls the Holy Spirit) working in your life?