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Exodus 9/10: I Have Raised You UP, To Show You My Power

Good morning. Exodus 9/10 Do you ever wonder why? Why, if we are Gods people, if we are followers of Christ, even though we know the world will hate us and there will be trials and troubles, yes; WHY does it seem it is just so HARD sometimes?

And God said, “For by now I could have put out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth. But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.“ (Ex 9:15-16). God allowed Egypt to be a world player so that His name would be a world renowned name. Did you ever stop to think to yourself, if I never had any of these problems, I wouldn’t have a testimony? I would have no reason to proclaim the amazing mercy and sovereignty of God in my life? That He would allow such things for His glory is His prerogative? It is our response to His sovereignty that defines our willingness to be in a relationship with Him. Our God is a good God. He loves us and takes care of us. And when all is done in this flawed and sinful earth, if we are faithful, we will be met with the words, “well done good and faithful servant.” (Mt. 25:23). If you are following the list of Egyptian gods that are being defeated with the plagues, I have your history fix! In the fifth plague, all the livestock are destroyed defeating their god Apis, then the boils come refuting Sekhmet, when hail is sent (if you are reading it is not just hail but hail, thunder and fire), Geb is knocked out of the fight but we still have the crops of barely and emmer which have not come up yet because the season is still early. So, in comes the locust destroying ALL the rest of all the plants in Egypt refuting their god Serapis. At this point the servants have wisened up and warned Pharoah to let Gods people go, but to no avail. This plague was also unique in their history in that locust were extremely feared to the point where Serapis was prayed to continually. This swarm was a complete and utter humiliation of this god such, was the damage. Finally in these two chapters we have Ra. Everyone has heard of Ra, the sun god. This one was without warning and for 3 days. Like Jonah in the belly of the fish and Christ in death. But with favor, Goshen, Gods people have light and have Gods favor. The false god Ra, cannot give the light that God can. Only the one true God has the light of the world. You can’t bargain with God and hold onto this world and all of the things it has to offer and expect to keep His favor, it doesn’t work like that. “For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.) exodus 34:14. It’s got to be God or the world - you can’t do both one will win over the other in your life. And our God is a gentleman, He won’t force you to worship Him. That choice my friend is up to you. But I promise you this, if you chose Him, you will never regret it.

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