SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- After God had sent 9 plagues warning Pharaoh to let his people go, God informs Moses that this will be the last plague.
- Despite all the plagues, the people of Egypt could see how hard hearted their ruler was being and were not angry at the Israelites for their ruler's foolishness. So instructs Moses to tell the people to take with them whatever the Egyptians will give them.
- Moses explains to Pharaoh what God was getting ready to do. God is going to kill every firstborn son of every Egyptian, slave and free. But no Israelite will be harmed. Even with this warning, Pharaoh would not listen to Moses and sends them away.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- God had given Pharaoh many, many chances to listen to Moses and obey God. God knew this last disaster would be so great, it would accomplish his purposes.
- Even if we can't see the evil in us, others often can. Just because we are in a position of power does not give us an excuse to mistreat or take advantage of that position.
- God is very merciful, but this story illustrates that he is also just. God has made it very clear in the bible that there is a time coming when it will matter greatly if we obey God and follow Jesus or not. Till then, much like Pharaoh, he is giving us time after time to make the decision to follow him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- In what area of your life is God speaking to you? Often God will call over and over and over and use situations and the people around you to see his purposes accomplished. How can you listen to God more effectively?
- If we are in a position of authority (maybe at our place of employment) we need to use that position to influence others for good. It can be easy to take advantage of those in lesser positions, but God teaches us to listen to them and love them.
- God is seeking you. There is still time to follow him. He is actively pursing a loving relationship with you, but he won't force it. He will patiently await your decision.